Luis Pérez (baseball)

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Luis Pérez
Luis Pérez on September 1, 2011.jpg
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1985-01-20) January 20, 1985 (age 32)
Guayubín, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 16, 2011, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 5–6
Earned run average 4.50
Strikeouts 99
WHIP 1.44
NPB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 2–2
Earned run average 8.02
Strikeouts 19
WHIP 2.11

Luis Manuel Pérez Gonzalez (born January 20, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

Minor league career[edit]

Pérez pitching for the Las Vegas 51s, Triple-A affiliates of the Toronto Blue Jays, in 2011

In 2006, his first year at Single A, Pérez went 4–0 with a 1.38 ERA. During his tenure in the minors he had a 12–15 record with a 2.99 ERA in his first 3 seasons (2006–2008).[1]

Major league career[edit]

On April 15, 2011 Pérez got his first call up to the Toronto Blue Jays.[2] On May 28, Pérez recorded his first career win in a 14-inning game against the Chicago White Sox. Corey Patterson hit a solo walk-off home run to give him the win.

After making 29 appearances out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, Pérez made his first career start against the Oakland Athletics on August 21, 2011.[3] Pérez got the win, pitching 6 innings and giving up just 1 hit and 2 walks. He struck out 4 batters and retired 15 straight batters to open the game.

Pérez recorded the win for the Blue Jays against the Cleveland Indians on Opening Day (April 6, 2012), throwing 4 scoreless innings. The 16 inning game was the longest game in Opening Day history.[4]

After pitching to a 2-2 record with a 3.43 ERA in 35 relief appearances, Pérez was removed from a game against the Chicago White Sox on July 8. After the game it was determined that Pérez had torn his ulnar collateral ligament, and missed the rest of the 2012 season.[5][6]

On May 7, 2013, it was reported that Pérez was expected to return faster than the usual one-year recovery time associated with Tommy John surgery.[7] Pérez was added to the Dunedin Blue Jays roster for a rehab assignment, and pitched two innings in relief on June 10. His rehab assignment was changed to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on August 28.[8] He was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Blue Jays on September 3 after the Bisons season ended, and the major league rosters expanded.[9] Pérez made his first appearance of the 2013 season on September 4.[10]

Pérez had surgery on his left elbow in January 2014 to remove scar tissue. On March 20, 2014, he was released by the Blue Jays to make room for Matt Tuiasosopo.[11]

Pérez pitching for the Dominican Republic national team in 2015 WBSC Premier12 warm-up game

Pérez signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on March 31, 2014.[12] Still recovering from his elbow injuries, he would not throw a single pitch for Atlanta's minor league affiliates, and became a free agent at the end of the 2014 season. On February 6, 2015, Pérez signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring training.[13] After the 2015 season, Pérez signed a one-year, $450,000 contract with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.[14]

Pérez signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on February 10, 2017.[15] He was released on March 29, 2017.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Perez gives Blue Jays eight-man bullpen
  3. ^ Pérez primed for first Major League start vs. A's
  4. ^ Jays rally to beat Indians in longest ever game Opening-Day game
  5. ^ Jays' Perez to miss rest of the season with left elbow tear
  6. ^ Blue Jays pitcher Luis Perez has torn ulnar collateral ligament
  7. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (May 7, 2013). "Drabek, Hutchison on schedule in recovery". Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Perez joins Bisons on injury assignment". Buffalo Bisons. August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Lott, John (September 2, 2013). "Blue Jays call up Ricky Romero, Kyle Drabek and three others for September". National Post. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "boxscore sept 4 Blue Jays vs Diamondbacks". Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Adams, Steve (March 20, 2014). "Blue Jays Claim Matt Tuiasosopo, Release Luis Perez". Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ O'Brien, David (March 31, 2014). "Braves sign lefty reliever Perez". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lefty Luis Perez returns to Blue Jays on minor league deal". February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Swallows finalize deals with pitchers Davies, Lueke, Perez". December 24, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ Adler, David. "Indians trade pitcher Adams to Angels". Retrieved 10 February 2017. 

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