Date of Birth: 3/26/1991 (2014 Opening Day Age: 24)
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.
|2014 Stats - Hitting|
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.
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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