Braves add Eury Perez to outfield mix

The Braves have added to their outfield depth with the addition of Eury Perez.

Atlanta claimed the 24-year-old outfielder off waivers from the Yankees Friday afternoon. New York had claimed Perez off waivers from the Nationals on September 22 of last season.

Perez was originally signed by the Nationals as an amateur free agent in 2007. He has had short stints in the majors in each of the last three seasons. Perez made his big league debut in 2012 and played in 13 games. He had three stolen bases and was 1-5 at the plate. Then in 2013 Perez played in nine games. He played in four games with the Yankees in the last week of the 2014 season and was 2-10 with a stolen base.

Perez is a career .305 hitter in the minor leagues. Last season he hit .310 with two home runs and 26 stolen bases in 273 at bats. With Syracuse in 2013, Perez had a .300 batting average with 23 stolen bases in 96 games.

Baseball America had Perez as Washington's 20th best prospect prior to 2014 and their 7th best prospect before the 2013 season.

The Braves will allow Perez to compete for a fourth outfield position with Zolio Almonte, who is considered the favorite to split time with Jonny Gomes in left field.


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