The St. Louis Cardinals have released outfielder Luis Perez. The 23-year-old Dominican Republic native concluded the 2014 season, his sixth in the organization, at Class-A Peoria.
The right-handed hitter began last spring in extended spring training camp and settled in Peoria after serving as a brief injury fill-in at Palm Beach in May. Between the Chiefs and the A-Advanced Cardinals last summer, the right-handed hitter posted a line of .270/.304/.447/.750 in 159 at-bats over 48 games. Perez had two different disabled list stints due to a left knee injury.
Hitting was never his main issue as Perez logged a career line of .289/.367/.438/.806 as a Cardinal, though he batted just .225 in a 13-game trial in the Florida State League last summer.
Originally a catcher, Perez’ primary ongoing struggle seemed to be finding a home defensively. He was moved to second base in 2012 and then to the outfield the next season and was facing a squeeze for a roster spot at Class A again in 2015.
Perez was a Dominican Summer League All-Star in 2010. In his first season in the US, in 2011, he was our Gulf Coast Cardinals Player of the Year. Repeating the level in 2012, Perez was a GCL All-Star as he led the rookie-level league in slugging percentage (.517).
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