Perez Will Extend His Work At Instructs

Carlos Perez' offensive reputation certainly preceded his arrival in Lansing. Over the last three seasons at various levels, Perez' numbers stood out with a batting average in the range of .291-.306. Now that he's facing his first adjustment at the professional level, Perez talks about the toll this season has taken on him and what he'll be working on at Instructional League.

"I feel comfortable, a little tired you know from too many games," Perez said. "But, I think it's good for me because I've played good and I want to finish good and it's important."

Perez played 95 games this season for the Lugnuts prior to the playoffs, the majority of them coming at catcher. This is the most Perez has ever played as he just had 66 games played [235 at-bats] last year in the NYPL, where he was an All-Star and one of the best prospects in the league.

"You have guys with 380 at-bats, that's a lot of at-bats, that's more than they've ever had in their careers," Lansing Lugnuts Manager Mike Redmond said. "That's the great thing about all the adjustments you have to make in the Midwest League, it's just like all the adjustments you have to make in the majors. You play in cold weather, you play 162 games, you do it all here."

"It's hard this year with the long season, so I'll only be at Instructional League for three weeks," Perez said. "I'm looking forward to some time of, that's for sure."

Redmond talked about the purpose of Instructional League for players like Perez.

"Some guys are going to work on specific things," he said. "But it's also good to extend your season and work on certain areas of your game."

One of the main benefits of the league is the constant one on one work that goes on with the coaches there.

"The difference is here we have three coaches for 25 or 30 guys," Redmond said. "Now this is something where there's coaches for everyone and you can really zero in on parts of the game that guys need to focus on."

Redmond himself will be making an appearance at Instructional League this year, his first as a coach.

"I'll be down there for the last two weeks at the end, which is great," he said. "I'm excited about it, I did five instructional leagues as a player and this will be my first one as a coach so this will be fun."

Redmond is excited to see what Perez takes into his offseason as he's one of many believers that the best is still yet to come with this athletic catcher.

"I think if you look at his numbers, offensively he hasn't hit like he has in the past," he said. "This is the first time I've ever seen him, but I know he's had some pretty big offensive years in the past and this is his toughest test yet."

Perez himself admits that the adjustment to the Midwest League has been tough.

"That's what's great about this league, there's a ton adjustments to be made," Redmond said. "There's an adjustment to playing in cold weather at the beginning of the year and it's also a long 140 game season that wears on you and now we're in the playoffs so it's even more games. It's a focus on working and improving, but also competing and playing games."

Redmond is pleased with the way Perez has gone through his first full professional season.

"I know he's gotten tired and fought through it," he said. "I think his catching has gotten better. This is the first true test of a full season and a full grind day to day. He's done a good job."

Redmond notes that Perez will be working on all aspects of his game in Instructional League.

"Things to work on for a catcher would be blocking and throwing," he said. "It's everything, game calling, he just needs to keep playing. He needs to continue to get his at-bats and work on his swing, those things take years to figure out."

"This year is very hard with this many games at catcher and I think going to Instructional League will be good to work on my defense," Perez said. "I'll also be working on my balance and stance at the plate.

"It's different, you know, at the beginning of the year I was hitting good," he said. "But then I got a little tired and my swing hasn't been as consistent."

Perez notes that the toll of physically and mentally catching everyday has worn him down a little.

"For me, it's hard because the catcher is so active in the game," he said. "You need to concentrate and play hard for all nine innings and that's hard to do everyday."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel comfortable, a little tired you know from too many games,\" Perez said. \"But, I think it's good for me because I've played good and I want to finish good and it's important.\"
\r\n
\r\nPerez played 95 games this season for the Lugnuts prior to the playoffs, the majority of them coming at catcher. This is the most Perez has ever played as he just had 66 games played [235 at-bats] last year in the NYPL, where he was an All-Star and one of the best prospects in the league.
\r\n
\r\n\"You have guys with 380 at-bats, that's a lot of at-bats, that's more than they've ever had in their careers,\" Lansing Lugnuts Manager Mike Redmond said. \"That's the great thing about all the adjustments you have to make in the Midwest League, it's just like all the adjustments you have to make in the majors. You play in cold weather, you play 162 games, you do it all here.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It's hard this year with the long season, so I'll only be at Instructional League for three weeks,\" Perez said. \"I'm looking forward to some time of, that's for sure.\"
\r\n
\r\nRedmond talked about the purpose of Instructional League for players like Perez.
\r\n
\r\n\"Some guys are going to work on specific things,\" he said. \"But it's also good to extend your season and work on certain areas of your game.\"
\r\n
\r\nOne of the main benefits of the league is the constant one on one work that goes on with the coaches there.
\r\n
\r\n\"The difference is here we have three coaches for 25 or 30 guys,\" Redmond said. \"Now this is something where there's coaches for everyone and you can really zero in on parts of the game that guys need to focus on.\"
\r\n
\r\nRedmond himself will be making an appearance at Instructional League this year, his first as a coach.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'll be down there for the last two weeks at the end, which is great,\" he said. \"I'm excited about it, I did five instructional leagues as a player and this will be my first one as a coach so this will be fun.\"
\r\n
\r\nRedmond is excited to see what Perez takes into his offseason as he's one of many believers that the best is still yet to come with this athletic catcher.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think if you look at his numbers, offensively he hasn't hit like he has in the past,\" he said. \"This is the first time I've ever seen him, but I know he's had some pretty big offensive years in the past and this is his toughest test yet.\"
\r\n
\r\nPerez himself admits that the adjustment to the Midwest League has been tough.
\r\n
\r\n\"That's what's great about this league, there's a ton adjustments to be made,\" Redmond said. \"There's an adjustment to playing in cold weather at the beginning of the year and it's also a long 140 game season that wears on you and now we're in the playoffs so it's even more games. It's a focus on working and improving, but also competing and playing games.\"
\r\n
\r\nRedmond is pleased with the way Perez has gone through his first full professional season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I know he's gotten tired and fought through it,\" he said. \"I think his catching has gotten better. This is the first true test of a full season and a full grind day to day. He's done a good job.\"
\r\n
\r\nRedmond notes that Perez will be working on all aspects of his game in Instructional League.
\r\n
\r\n\"Things to work on for a catcher would be blocking and throwing,\" he said. \"It's everything, game calling, he just needs to keep playing. He needs to continue to get his at-bats and work on his swing, those things take years to figure out.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"This year is very hard with this many games at catcher and I think going to Instructional League will be good to work on my defense,\" Perez said. \"I'll also be working on my balance and stance at the plate.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's different, you know, at the beginning of the year I was hitting good,\" he said. \"But then I got a little tired and my swing hasn't been as consistent.\"
\r\n
\r\nPerez notes that the toll of physically and mentally catching everyday has worn him down a little.
\r\n
\r\n\"For me, it's hard because the catcher is so active in the game,\" he said. \"You need to concentrate and play hard for all nine innings and that's hard to do everyday.\"
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