Date of Birth: 1/14/1994 (2014 Opening Day Age: 20)
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2012
Ranking History: #111 (2013), #49 (2014)
Background: Signed out of Venezuela in time for the 2012 VSL season, Perez posted a .289/.336/.392 line in his debut season, spanning 34 games. In 2013, Perez improved to a .297 average with five doubles, two triples and one home run in 48 games for the VSL Tigers.
|2013 Arvicent Perez Stats - Hitting|
Body: Stocky build; classic catcher's frame; good present strength for his age; room for additional strength at maturity without compromising mobility/agility.
Hit: : Likes to swing the bat; shows good feel for the barrel; ability to make contact on all types of pitches; sees ball particularly well from LHP; shows aptitude for handling velocity at an early age; pitch recognition is still in development but made strides in 2013; stays inside the ball well; consistent swing plane; shows signs of developing good plate coverage; uses entire field well, particularly given his youth; has hit potential. Grade – Present 2/Future 5
Power: Rarely impacts the baseball; contact is often empty with soft line drives to the outfield and a considerable number of groundballs; physical projection doesn't suggest significantly improved bat speed or power; may add enough to develop gap power at peak. Grade – 2/3
Speed: Near bottom of the scale; runs hard but not blessed with speed; shows some feel for getting jumps on pitchers; good reads and can take the occasional extra base; non-factor as a runner but won't hinder team offense; may slow as body reaches physical maturity. Grade – 3/3
Defense: Advanced glove for age; strong wrists with firm receipt of the ball; glove rarely drifts even when encountering good velo; shows good blocking technique but needs more consistency on breaking balls in the dirt; moves well laterally and typically keeps the ball in front of him; good footwork on throws; can reach 1.90-1.96 pop time and could get better with improved consistency and additional experience; shows some potential as on-field leader; quality defender with potential to improve. Grade – 4/5+
Arm: Best present too; good arm speed; quick release; plus raw arm strength; throws should play to plus level with consistent release and footwork; arm helps defensive profile; should control running game if pitchers give him a chance. Grade – 5/6
Other: Still raw overall; shows symptoms of being a late bloomer at the plate; hard worker with good on-field presence; potential clubhouse and field leader down the line.
Summary: Extremely raw; tools with projection require multiple grade jump; has potential to hit for average with aggressive approach; minimal power projection unless physical stature changes dramatically; defense has a chance to carry profile with above-average skills and plus arm at peak; potential leader; intriguing prospect.
Risk: Extreme risk; multiple grade jumps required for hit, power and defense to play; no stateside resume.
Projection: Organizational player; some potential to reach backup catcher projection.
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