Ryan Babineau has started 10 games for South Bend behind the plate, hitting .125 with no home runs and one RBI. He was a 17th round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of UCLA, where he was the team captain for the '08 season. Last season with Yakima (short-season A), Babineau hit .231 in 43 games with a home run and 13 RBI.
Rossmel Perez was signed by the Diamondbacks on January 15, 2006 as a non-drafted free agent from Miranda, Venezuela. With the Missoula Osprey last season, Perez hit .243 with no home runs and 11 RBI, but drew 16 walks to just 13 strikeouts. Perez spent the '06 and '07 with Boca Chica in the Dominican Summer League, batting .195 in 2006 before hitting .321 in 2007.
Both Babineau and Perez are considered among the best defensive catchers in the
organization. Babineau threw out 39% of would-be basestealers at
Yakima last year while Perez gunned down 40% with the Osprey.
Backup catcher Chris Davis, who threw out 24% of baserunners between Missoula and Yakima last year, stands to see increased playing time, as the 19-year old Perez isn't ready for the workload that Babineau had been shouldering. Perez is expected to be in uniform for Saturday's game against the Dayton Dragons at Coveleski Stadium.
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