Oneli Perez Acquired by Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired pitcher Oneli Perez from the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League.

On Friday, the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League announced that the contract of pitcher Oneli Perez has been sold to the St. Louis Cardinals. In 15 games including four starts this season, the 26-year-old went 4-4 with a 2.82 ERA. The right-hander struck out 48 and walked 18 in 44 2/3 innings with the Bears.

Perez is in his fifth season of professional baseball. The Dominican Republic native initially signed with the Chicago White Sox in 2004 and pitched three seasons in their organization. In 2007, Perez dominated the Double-A Southern League, posting a record of 6-2 with 16 saves and a 2.10 earned run average while striking out 89 batters in only 77 innings.

In 2008, Perez spent time in Triple-A with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians, and Double-A with the New York Yankees. Starting with the Charlotte Knights of the International League, he went 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in 14 relief appearances, striking out 19 and walking nine over 17 innings before being placed on waivers.

He was claimed by the Cleveland Indians on May 21 and assigned to the Buffalo Bisons, also of the International League. There he went 0-0 with two saves, posting a 7.11 ERA, striking out 15 and walking eight over 12 2/3 innings in seven relief outings.

After being designated for assignment by Cleveland on June 12, Perez was claimed by the New York Yankees on June 19 and assigned to the Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League, where he went 2-2 with a 3.48 earned run average.

Over the course of four minor league seasons in affiliated ball prior to 2009, Perez had a career record of 16-9 with a 3.00 earned run average, appearing in 185 games and striking out 316 batters in only 294 innings.

Perez' initial St. Louis assignment is unknown at this time.

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