How Acquired: Signed as an International Free Agent
2008 – Spokane (Northwest League – Rangers Short-Season A) – 15 starts
- 1-2, 3.65 ERA, 61 2/3 IP
- 53 strikeouts, 28 walks
- .343 BABIP, 3.57 FIP
2009 – Hickory (Sally League – Rangers A) – 14 starts, 8 relief outings
- 5-5, 2.31 ERA, 93 2/3 IP
- 105 strikeouts, 33 walks
- .332 BABIP, 2.46 FIP
2009 – Frisco (Texas League – Rangers AA) – 5 starts
- 1-3, 5.57 ERA, 21 IP
- 14 strikeouts, 5 walks
- .374 BABIP, 3.82 FIP
2009 Totals (2 levels)
- 6-8, 2.90 ERA, 114 2/3 IP
- 119 strikeouts, 38 walks
Baseball America – #3 (TEX – 2010)
Baseball Prospectus – #2 (TEX – 2010) – 5 star
John Sickels – #3 (TEX – 2010) – A-
Perez has only been in the Rangers system for 2 years, but is already lighting the system up. He posted back-to-back excellent seasons, first with Spokane, and then in Hickory in the Sally League. The part that I keep coming back to about Perez is not the numbers he posted, but the age at which he posted them. Perez was only 18 years old throughout the 2009 season at Hickory and Frisco. But the majority of the players in the Sally League would have been 19-21, or potentially even older. So Perez faced tougher competition for his age, and performed very well in spite of this.
Perez has a very smooth 3/4 arm angle throwing motion, and throws a solid fastball, a very good curveball, and good changeup. Real GM believes he will more likely be in the mold of a finesse pitcher as he progresses through the minors.
The thing about Perez that I keep coming back to is how young he still is. He will most likely start the 2010 season at AA Frisco, and so I wondered who might be considered a good comparison for Perez and his progression. Two players came to mind for me: Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, and Madison Bumgarner of the Giants.
Hernandez was slightly more advanced than Perez at the age, as Hernandez spent the majority of his 18 year-old season at AA. Hernandez also appeared to be more dominant, posting 172 strikeouts against 47 walks in 149 2/3 IP. Hernandez was sent to AAA the following season, and was in the Majors before the end of his 19-year old season
Bumgarner spent his 18-year old season in the Sally League as well, posting 164 strikeouts against 21 walks in 141 2/3 IP. As a 19 year old, he spent the majority of his time at AA Connecticut, before getting a cup of coffee with the Giants in September. The jury is still out on this one, as he’s probably going to start the season with AAA Fresno I imagine.
Both Hernandez and Bumgarner appear as reasonable comps to me, if only for their similar ages and minor league levels. I think that the Rangers are going to take it more slowly with Perez than the Mariners or Giants did with their respective players.
I have to imagine that the Rangers are going to be conservative when it comes to promoting Perez. He will only be 19 years old at the start of the 2010 season, and only pitched briefly at AA. I believe that the Rangers will start him back at Frisco, with the possibility for a promotion to AAA by mid-season depending on his performance. Perez really looks like he’s going to be an excellent pitcher, especially if he can trim down his walks just a little bit.
Prediction for 2010
7-7, 3.30 ERA, 140 IP, 130 strikeouts, 45 walks
Either 2011 late in the season, or most likely 2012 out of Spring Training
Tomorrow’s Prospect for Review – Brian Matusz (P) of the Baltimore Orioles