Fernando Perez (baseball)
Perez in 2008
|Born: April 23, 1983|
Elizabeth, New Jersey
|September 5, 2008, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 2009, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
|Runs batted in||10|
Fernando Perez (born April 23, 1983) is an American former professional baseball outfielder, a professional writer, and current MLB analyst. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and 2009.
Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Perez eventually moved with his family to West Windsor Township, New Jersey, where he attended elementary and middle school and played little league. Perez played youth travel soccer for the Pirates and the West End Warriors of Mercer County, New Jersey, winners of several state cup championships during his tenure. Perez attended the prestigious Peddie School, a private high school in Hightstown, New Jersey, where he was a standout member of the varsity baseball team.
Perez went to Columbia University where he studied American studies and creative writing, training he later used to become the first Major League Baseball player published in Poetry magazine. Perez is a fan of poets Robert Creeley and John Ashbery as well as author Tom Miller.
At Columbia, he played baseball for three years before being selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 7th round (195th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft.
Tampa Bay Rays system
He played in 2004 for the Hudson Valley Renegades in the short-season New York–Penn League, in 2005 for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays Single-A team, in 2006 for the Visalia Oaks and in 2007 for the Montgomery Biscuits.
Perez was playing for the Triple-A Durham Bulls in 2008 (for whom he batted .288, with a .393 slugging percentage) when he was called up to the majors on August 31. From April 4-October 4, 2007, he wrote a journal for milb.com.
In his five season in the minors through 2008, he batted .289 with a .403 slugging percentage.
In the majors
Perez was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays on August 31, 2008. In his first major league at bat. on September 5, Perez recorded a single off Toronto Blue Jays closer B. J. Ryan. His first major league home run came in front of his hometown fans on September 14, at Yankee Stadium. In 60 at bats, he batted .250.
He contributed to the Rays reaching their first World Series by scoring the winning run as a pinch runner in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, tagging at third and scoring on a short fly ball by B. J. Upton in the bottom of the 11th inning.
During 2009 spring training, Perez was injured on March 10 during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays after trying to make a diving catch. He left the game, and missed significant time during the 2009 season.
He was activated from the disabled list and was called up in the roster expansions and filled in for the injured B. J. Upton in September. He was one of six Ivy Leaguers on major league rosters at the beginning of the 2009 season.
Back to the minors
He played the entire 2010 season with the AAA Durham Bulls.
Chicago Cubs system
On January 8, 2011, Perez was traded to the Chicago Cubs with Matt Garza and minor league pitcher Zac Rosscup for Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chirinos, Chris Archer and Cubs outfielder Sam Fuld. He was released on July 8, after hitting .238 for the AAA Iowa Cubs and seeing no time in the majors in 2011.
New York Mets system
Independent minor leagues and retirement
Perez became a free agent after the 2011 season and did not sign with any team, eventually taking the 2012 season off.
In 2015 Perez signed on as a baseball analyst with MLB.com. Perez contributes a column called "Recovering Ballplayer" to Vice Sports. While injured during the 2009 season, Perez also wrote for a The New York Times baseball blog.
- Schwarz, Alan. "The Rays Receive Help From an Unlikely Place", The New York Times, October 4, 2008. Accessed February 22, 2011. "A native of West Windsor, N.J., who each off-season rents an apartment with friends in a different neighborhood of New York, Perez was named the Rays’ minor league player of the year for hitting .288 with 43 stolen bases at Class AAA Durham this season, only his third as a switch-hitter."
- Nalbone, John. "Peddie product Perez in Garza deal", The Times (Trenton), January 8, 2011. Accessed February 5, 2011.
- St. Petersburg Times (October 26, 2008).
- Castillo, Piper. "What's Fernando Perez reading?" Tampa Bay Times (October 25, 2008).
- "2007 Player Journals," Minor League Baseball official site. Accessed May 15. 2016.
- Columbia University Athletics. "Perez Singles in First MLB At-Bat, Scores Twice in Debut," Columbia Lions official website (09/05/2008).
- A.S. "Six Ivies Earn MLB Appointments as 2009 Season Starts," The Ivy League website. (April 09, 2009). Accessed May 15, 2016.
- Source: Cubs agree to Garza deal | ESPN
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Cubs Release Fernando Perez". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- Rubin, Adam. "Mets sign ex-Ray, F-Mart injured". ESPN.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- Sanford, Adam. "Classic Player Profile: Fernando Perez," SBNation (Feb 17, 2015).
- "Fernando Perez - Bats Blog - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Perez bio at the Poetry Foundation website
- Fernando Perez 2007 minor league journal
- "Recovering Ballplayer" column at Vice Sports
- Perez interview at Sports Marketing & PR Roundup blog