Position: Shortstop/Second Baseman
Date of Birth: 3/26/1991 (2014 Opening Day Age: 23)
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2007
Ranking History: # 104 (2008), #175 (2009), #34 (2010), #96 (2011), #24 (2012), #19 (2013), #8 (2014)
Background: Signed for $237,000 in 2007, Perez debuted with a .223 batting average and 13 extra-base hits in the VSL. Quickly brought stateside in 2008, Perez spent time in the GCL, and with West Michigan and Lakeland as an 18-year old, and posted a combined .239/.263/.350 line. After bouncing around in 2008, the Tigers let Perez settle in at Low-A West Michigan in 2009 where he hit just .235/.273/.298 in 124 games. He returned to West Michigan in 2010 and posted improved numbers, including a .258 batting average, a decreased strikeout rate, and improved extra-base hit rates. His 2012 season saw him move on to High-A Lakeland where he notched a .261 average and 27 steals in 124 games. In 2013, Perez reached the Major Leagues for a brief while, in addition to raking with a .301/.330/.410 line in 103 games between Double-A and Triple-A.
|2013 Stats - Hitting|
Body: Excellent frame; highly athletic; quick-twitch athlete; very strong for his size/build; good coordination; move gracefully on the field; doesn't have significant physical projection; good present strength suggests minimal strength to be added long term.
Hit: Potential for average hit tool; very aggressive; borders on free swinger; pitch recognition lags; natural bat-to-ball ability exists; struggles with spin but hangs back better with soft; can hit to all fields; gets pull happy but snaps out of it on his own; hard line drives to all fields; approach will hinder realization of full hit tool potential; has average raw hit ceiling; won't get there with current approach; lack of progress with approach to date suggests approach will remain wildly aggressive; likely come up short with fringe-average hit. Grade – Present 3+/Future 4+
Power: Plus bat speed; gets to the zone quickly and strong wrists snap the bat head through the zone; can drive the ball with authority; doesn't lift the ball; power is to gaps with doubles potential; has speed to leg out some triples as well; may knock 6-8 home runs per year; well below-average classic power (home run) but has doubles pop that will play in game situations, even with aggressive approach; below-average profile overall. Grade – 3/4
Speed: Can show above-average down the line; speed plays well thanks to instincts; gets out of the box well; aggressive on turns and in taking extra bases; has instincts to steal; reads pitchers well; good jumps and quick first step lead to high success rate; potential to swipe 20+ bases with full time job; quick twitch athlete that should maintain speed long term. Grade – 5+/5+
Defense: Athleticism and hands can play on left side; game can be too quick for him over there; fits better at second base; moves well laterally; instincts help range play to plus level; has had bouts of yips in past; beginning to make routine plays look routine; can make the spectacular play; hangs well on DP pivot; needs consistency; plus profile at 2B; fringy profile at SS unless the game suddenly slows down. Grade – 5/6
Arm: Very strong arm; raw plus and typically plays to that degree; quick release; can make throws on the run and from multiple arm angles without sacrificing accuracy/velocity; can fit on left side if necessary. Grade – 6/6
Other: Instinctual player; gets the most out of his tools with instincts on both sides of the ball; plays hard in all phases of the game.
Summary: Intriguing overall profile; raw tools suggest left side defensive profile is possible at fringe level; right-side profile is very good; arm can play at either position; above-average run with instincts to steal and impact defensive game; has good gap power that plays in games; hit tool will be deciding factor; has raw potential to hit at average or better level; ultra-aggressive approach will hinder realization of that projection; may come up short with the bat for an everyday role.
Risk: Low risk; upper minors success; utility floor; everyday 2B ceiling; multiple tools play to above-average level; minimal remaining development required.
Projection: Has potential to be everyday 2B if hit tool manifests; if not, utility profile is easy projection; even with fringe hit tool, second division 2B is possible with strong defense, speed and pop; will see significant time in both Triple-A and MLB in 2014; could cement future with team with strong showing.
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