Perez's Impress in Extended

Nineteen-year-old catcher Carlos Perez showed off his throwing arm, while outfielder Nelson Perez showed off his bat in Extended Spring Training in Mesa, Ariz., over the weekend.

Carlos Perez helped top Cubs pitching prospect Mark Pawelek in the third inning on Saturday by gunning down an opposing runner at third base.

The 6-foot-1, 210 pound catcher also threw out two additional runners that were attempting to steal second.

"He has one of the best arms I've ever seen," said one scout in attendance. "On all three attempts, the infielder didn't have to move an inch."

Perez, 19, who spent last season in the Arizona League with the Mesa Cubs, also picked off a runner on a snap throw to first base. Last year, he threw out 31 percent (18 of 59) of opposing runners in 28 games behind the plate.

For the offense on Saturday, Nelson Perez, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed batting right fielder, showcased some power with a triple and a two-run home run that landed just to the right of straight-away center field.

The shot was measured at 420 feet.

Nelson Perez was one shy of the cycle on Saturday. (Photo/InsideTheIvy.com)
A 19-year-old that was signed in the Dominican Republic last October, Perez also singled to fall a double short of the cycle.

"He is a good looking kid," Cubs Director of Player Development Oneri Fleita said of Perez. "Let's see how he developes."

From a pitching standpoint, right-handers Matt Maradeo and Audy Santana saw work from the Cubs' bullpen in relief of Pawelek.

The 23-year-old Maradeo, who signed as a non-drafted free agent last summer after attending Kutztown (Pa.) University, was shaky at times but pitched his way out of trouble. The 6-foot-5, 210 pound sidewinder plunked two batters in a row, but did not allow a run.

Maradeo initially came into the game with the bases loaded and one out, only to escape without any damage done. He allowed 22 runs and 31 hits in 19 1/3 innings last season with the Mesa Cubs.

The 20-year-old Santana, who was signed by Cubs scout Jose Serra in the Dominican Republic in late 2004, "kept his pitches down in the zone and pitched ahead in the count," the scout said.

Santana (6-foot-3, 160) spent last year in the Dominican Summer League, where he was 1-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 30 innings – primarily from the bullpen.

The Cubs won on Saturday, defeating San Diego Padres prospects, 7-1.


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