New Plan for Perez

Lugnuts catcher Carlos Perez opened a lot of eyes last year in the short-season New York Penn League, now Perez is dealing with playing a full season for the first time and adjusting to a higher level as he gets ready for the Dog Days of Summer.

"He's doing a good job, he's catching a lot," Lansing Manager Mike Redmond said. "This is a big year for him, it's his first full season. He's right around where he was last year for the entire year as far as games played.

"Obviously, he's in uncharted territory and that's good. We want to see what he can do in a full season. It's been fun, he's working hard."

"It's hard for me to play everyday, catching everyday because I haven't done that before," Perez added. "It's a good experience."

Perez thinks part of what makes catching so tough is not just the physical aspect, but also the mental part of the game.

"It's very difficult to stay focused for all nine innings," he admitted. "You know you need to stay focused behind the plate and when you're hitting," he said. "You know, it's hard but I need to do it."

"Yeah, it's both, it's physical and mental. You have to be thinking a lot out there, but also working real hard."

His manager notes that some of the extra little things that come with being an everyday catcher might be to blame for not quite the offensive production we're accustomed to seeing from Perez.

"Obviously, he's working hard offensively, .265 is down from what he's had in the past," Redmond said. "But, it's a different animal up here having to catch these guys everyday.

"It's better baseball, but also he's making adjustments working hard on his swing and working hard on calling a game. He's getting used to our pitching staff and I think he's done a good job."

"At the plate the coaches tell me to stay inside the ball and be aggressive, so I try to be aggressive with my hands and really work at that," Perez said.

Perez doesn't feel like the demands of the catcher position will prevent him from having the second half that he's capable of having.

"I'm feeling good, a little tired because of the long season, but I'm good," he said. "[Mike Redmond] told me that he saw I was a little tired so I would get to play for two days and then get two days off. They say I play better when I'm able to get a little rest."

"He's a young guy, as a catcher you get banged up, it's a tough position," Redmond said. "He started the year dealing with how cold it was and now it's so hot. He's dealing with extremes. You take a few foul tips and it affects everything.

"We're going to get him a few more days off because we want to make sure he stays strong through August, September, and the playoffs. He's aware of that and I look for him to have a strong finish."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"He's doing a good job, he's catching a lot,\" Lansing Manager Mike Redmond said. \"This is a big year for him, it's his first full season. He's right around where he was last year for the entire year as far as games played.
\r\n
\r\n\"Obviously, he's in uncharted territory and that's good. We want to see what he can do in a full season. It's been fun, he's working hard.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It's hard for me to play everyday, catching everyday because I haven't done that before,\" Perez added. \"It's a good experience.\"
\r\n
\r\nPerez thinks part of what makes catching so tough is not just the physical aspect, but also the mental part of the game.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's very difficult to stay focused for all nine innings,\" he admitted. \"You know you need to stay focused behind the plate and when you're hitting,\" he said. \"You know, it's hard but I need to do it.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"Yeah, it's both, it's physical and mental. You have to be thinking a lot out there, but also working real hard.\"
\r\n
\r\nHis manager notes that some of the extra little things that come with being an everyday catcher might be to blame for not quite the offensive production we're accustomed to seeing from Perez.
\r\n
\r\n\"Obviously, he's working hard offensively, .265 is down from what he's had in the past,\" Redmond said. \"But, it's a different animal up here having to catch these guys everyday.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's better baseball, but also he's making adjustments working hard on his swing and working hard on calling a game. He's getting used to our pitching staff and I think he's done a good job.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"At the plate the coaches tell me to stay inside the ball and be aggressive, so I try to be aggressive with my hands and really work at that,\" Perez said.
\r\n
\r\nPerez doesn't feel like the demands of the catcher position will prevent him from having the second half that he's capable of having.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm feeling good, a little tired because of the long season, but I'm good,\" he said. \"[Mike Redmond] told me that he saw I was a little tired so I would get to play for two days and then get two days off. They say I play better when I'm able to get a little rest.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He's a young guy, as a catcher you get banged up, it's a tough position,\" Redmond said. \"He started the year dealing with how cold it was and now it's so hot. He's dealing with extremes. You take a few foul tips and it affects everything.
\r\n
\r\n\"We're going to get him a few more days off because we want to make sure he stays strong through August, September, and the playoffs. He's aware of that and I look for him to have a strong finish.\"
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