Tigers Scouting Report #10: Hernan Perez

After a year in Toledo sharpening his skills, Hernan Perez made the big league club out of spring training as one of the club's utility infielders. Does he still have the potential to be an everyday player?

Hernan Perez

Vitals

Position: Infielder


Date of Birth: 3/26/1991 (2014 Opening Day Age: 24)
Height/Weight: 6-1/185
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2007
Ranking History: #104 (2008), #175 (2009), #34 (2010), #96 (2011), #24 (2012), #19 (2013), #8 (2014), #10 (2015)

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. The 2014 season saw Perez hit .287 in 133 games with Triple-A Toledo before notching one hit in six big league plate appearances.

Performance:

2014 Stats - Hitting
TEAMABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
Toledo 547/td>691573276533665216.287.331.404
Detroit 51100001100.200.200.333


Scouting Report

Body: Very athletic; quick-twitch athlete; very strong for his size/build; good coordination; moves gracefully on the field; no physical projection remaining; solid build with good MLB body for middle infielder.

Hit: Chance to hit for average; free swinger with minimal pitch recognition ability; natural bat-to-ball ability exists; struggles with spin but hangs back better with change of speed; can hit to all fields; gets pull happy but snaps out of it on his own; solid line drives to all fields; hit tool will play down because of aggressive approach and trouble with quality spin; potential to post .250-.260 average if given playing time. Grade – Present 4/Future 4+

Power: Quality bat speed; strong wrists snap the bat head through the zone; can drive the ball with authority; minimal lift; 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; below-average profile overall. Grade – 3/3+

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 and could be an asset as a pinch runner off the bench; quick twitch athlete that should maintain speed long term. Grade – 5+/5+

Defense: Capable of hanging on left side of dirt; game can be too quick for him over there; fits better at second base; moves well laterally; instincts help range play to high 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; above-average profile at 2B; fringy profile at SS. Grade – 5/5+ (at 2B)

Arm: Strong arm; 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; good mentality for part time role.



Final Word

Summary: 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 unlikely to manifest despite 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; made MLB roster out of spring training; long term utility player.

Projection: Quality utility player that has ability to handle middle of the infield, as well as third base and the outfield; should fill a valuable bench role and can fill in for short stretches on an everyday basis; made the big club out of spring training and is a projected to hold this role for the foreseeable future.

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