Name: Luis Perez
DOB: January 20, 1985
Luis Perez spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays. His first year was a rough one for him as he struggled with command, although he rebounded nicely in 2006 going 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 85 innings, and being named the Dominican League Player of the Year for the Toronto organization.
As a reward Perez was brought over to the United States and began the year in extended spring training, before being placed with the Auburn Doubledays. Perez was inserted in the starting rotation for Auburn and remained there the entire season. He finished the year 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 16 starts. Perez allowed 73 hits in 75 innings. His command did come into factor on several occasions. Perez still walked batters, and was also prone to hitting them while trying to pitch inside.
The southpaw was very effective against left-handed batters, but did struggle when facing right-handed batters, although evaluators believe he will acclimate himself to both sides as he gets more comfortable with his surroundings.
Repertoire: Fastball, changeup, curveball
Fastball: Perez features good fastball. It's not overpowering and it's not his best pitch, however, it does have solid movement and he uses it effectively in order to set up his off-speed pitches
Other Pitches: Perez' changeup is his bread and butter pitch. If he can keep his mechanics consistent it will make it an even effective pitch because hitters will have a hard time recognizing his fastball from his changeup. Perez also features a solid curveball which ranks as his third pitch and he continues to improve upon.
Projection: Perez has one outstanding pitch, and two average to above average pitches. At this stage we still project him as a starter, although he has to continue working in his mechanics and deepening his repertoire in order to remain a starter.
2008 Outlook:Perez is expected to begin the 2008 season with Auburn once again. A few coaches internally believe he can handle a move to Low-A, however, it's believed the developmental staff does not want to rush Perez at this early stage in his career.