|Born: September 25, 1983
Height: 6′ 3″
Signed: By Cincinnati Reds as int’l free agent, 2000
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
Born: Caracas, Venezuela
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Perez is a solid defensive catcher with a career CS% of 34%, but he’s never hit much. He got a cup of coffee with the Reds in 2005, but they removed him from their major league roster a year later. He seems to have reached his peak in AA. He’s settled in as an organizational player with the Pirates.
Hit well in brief rookie league debut.
Perez again hit for a good average, this time in advanced rookie league. He also saw brief time in low A.
Perez struggled in low A, with poor walk and K rates, and also struggled in a brief stop in high A.
Perez’ hitting improved in high A, but still wasn’t good. He spent a little time in AAA and played in two games with the Reds during a September callup. He threw out 44% of base stealers in the minors.
Spent the season in AA, throwing out 41% but hitting very little. Strike zone issues continued. The Reds removed him from the 40-man roster after the season and outrighted him to the minors.
Injured for most of the season.
The Pirates signed Perez as a minor league free agent. He was expected to be the starting catcher at Altoona, but missed most of the first half with an injury. He made some progress with the bat, hitting for a better average but still without much power or many walks.
Perez returned to Altoona as a backup and played only sparingly.
Signed with Indians and served as a backup in AA. He again hit for average but not a lot else.
Perez didn’t sign with anybody in 2011 until June. He played in two games with the Nationals’ short-season affiliate, then was sent to the Pirates just two and a half weeks after signing with Washington. The Pirates needed him on an emergency basis, having lost three catchers to injury and designated Dusty Brown for assignment. After he played in eight games with Indianapolis, the Pirates sent him back to the Nationals.
The Pirates added Perez to provide catching depth in the upper minors. He spent nearly all year inactive, appearing in one game for Altoona and four, plus the playoffs, for Indianapolis.
Perez became a free agent in the fall, but re-signed with the Pirates in January. He’ll probably play only if there’s a need due to injury or other player moves. Otherwise, he’ll probably fill an extra catcher/bullpen coach sort of role.
|2013: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2002
MLB Debut: 9/7/2005
MiLB FA Eligible: 2012
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2005, 2006)
MLB Service Time: 0.026
|November 15, 2000: Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent.
November 19, 2004: Contract purchased by the Cincinnati Reds.
December 12, 2006: Non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds.
December 13, 2006: Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a minor league free agent.
October 29, 2007: Became a minor league free agent.
December 17, 2007: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.
November 9, 2009: Became a minor league free agent.
March 19, 2010: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as a minor league free agent.
November 6, 2010: Became a minor league free agent.
June 10, 2011: Signed by the Washington Nationals as a minor league free agent.
June 27, 2011: Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
August 9, 2011: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Washington Nationals for future considerations.
November 2, 2011: Became a minor league free agent.
February 27, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
November 3, 2012: Became a minor league free agent.
January 8, 2013: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.