Rafael Pérez (baseball)

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Rafael Pérez
Rafael Pérez.jpg
Perez with the Cleveland Indians
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitcher
Born: (1982-05-15) May 15, 1982 (age 32)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 20, 2006 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Win–loss record 21–12
Earned run average 3.64
Strikeouts 268
Teams

Rafael Jerome Pérez (born May 15, 1982) is a left-handed professional baseball relief pitcher. He was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an undrafted free agent in January 2002. He currently lives in Freeport, New York, on Long Island.

Minor league career[edit]

In 2002, Pérez finished second in the Dominican Summer League with a 0.96 ERA. In 2003, he was named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year playing for the Single-A Burlington Indians and led the Appalachian League in wins (9-3) and ERA (1.70).In 2005, his 12 wins tied for 3rd in Indians organization and he had a 2.62 ERA in 29 combined appearances (22 starts) for Kinston and Akron. He was added to the Indians 40-man roster in November. In 2006, Pérez had a 2.81 ERA in 12 starts with Akron and a 2.63 ERA in 13 relief appearances with Triple-A Buffalo.

Major league career[edit]

He made his major League debut on April 20, 2006, against Baltimore, pitching one inning and striking out two.[1]

Pérez was not expected to be a major part of the Indians' major league club in 2007, but he surprised the Indians organization after he was called up from the team's Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, on May 28. Pérez was initially slated for long relief, but after he demonstrated his ability to pitch in tight situations, he was inserted into a setup role alongside right-handed reliever Rafael Betancourt. The two setup men were nicknamed Raffy Left and Raffy Right by local Indians fans.[2] Pérez, with his hard fastball and tight slider, quickly became one of the most dominant relievers in the league. In 2007, Pérez posted a sparkling 1.78 ERA, over 6023 innings pitched in 44 appearances. He had a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of only .923, and has held left-handed batters to just a .145 batting average. ESPN analyst Peter Gammons called him "arguably the best left-handed reliever on the planet."

On February 14, 2013, Pérez signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.[3] He signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on January 18, 2014. He signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 12, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (9 June 2006). "Performance cost Sauerbeck". MLB.com. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Hackenberg, Dave (12 October 2007). "A reasonable look at Cleveland-Boston series". the Toledo Blade. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/LaVelleNeal/status/302100451178987521

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