Dodger Prospect #41- Tommy Perez

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Name- TOMMY ALEXANDER PEREZ
Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence- Santo Domingo, D.R.
DOB- Aug. 10, 1986
Ht- 6-4
Wt- 167
B/T- R/R
How Obtained-Signed as a free agent 2003
06 Club- Santo Domingo (Dominican Summer League)

Perez had to be shut down after just three games in 2005 with Tommy John surgery following. He spent most of 2006 in rehab as a result so didn't get into action until August. Then he began to make up for lost time.

Used as a closer instead of starting as he had previously, he demonstrated that he had regained his fast ball as he held opposing batters to a .152 mark, picking up three saves in the 10 games in which he pitched. He looked so good he was brought over to the Arizona Instructional League where he cranked out 95 mph heat to thoroughly impress.

He's developing his secondary pitches as well and shows signs of a promising curve. He's also worked on smoothing out his delivery and seems to have good command, something that sometimes got spotty in the past.

He needs to pack on more weight and with strength training could add even more pizzazz to his pitches. He could be kept in relief for now but may return to starting later on.

He should pitch in the U.S. in 2007, perhaps in the Gulf Coast League but if he shows well in the spring might be moved up to Ogden or even to Great Lakes, the new low A affiliate

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