Martín Pérez (baseball)

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Martín Pérez
Martín Pérez in 2017 (35903512951) (cropped).jpg
Pérez with the Texas Rangers in 2017
Minnesota Twins – No. 33
Pitcher
Born: (1991-04-04) April 4, 1991 (age 28)
Guanare, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 27, 2012, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through June 11, 2019)
Win–loss record50–51
Earned run average4.58
Strikeouts529
Teams

Martín Pérez Jiménez (born April 4, 1991), is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Texas Rangers.

Professional career[edit]

Texas Rangers[edit]

The Texas Rangers signed Perez in 2007 for $580,000 as an undrafted free agent. While only making 15 short starts in 62 innings at Rookie-level Spokane, Perez went 1–2 with a 3.65 earned run average (ERA). Baseball America ranked Perez as the #17 baseball prospect in their top 100 for 2010.[1]

On June 26, 2012, Perez was called up by the Rangers.[2] The next day he made his first major league appearance against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up 2 hits and 4 runs while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning. On June 30, Perez made his first major league start, pitching 5 and a third innings and striking out five while only giving up two runs in a 7-2 win over the Oakland A's. On August 2, Perez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for pitcher Ryan Dempster.[citation needed]

Pérez went into 2013 spring training competing for the fifth spot in the Rangers rotation (which eventually went to Nick Tepesch), but on March 3 in a start against the Mariners, he broke his pitching forearm when it was hit by a line drive by Brad Miller.[3] After making 4 rehab starts (2 with Frisco, 2 with Round Rock), Pérez was recalled to make a start on May 27 in a double-header against the Diamondbacks.[4] In his season debut, he went 5.1 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits with 2 strikeouts. After the game, he was optioned to Round Rock. After 4 starts at Round Rock, he was recalled on June 22 to replace Josh Lindblom in the rotation.[5] Pérez threw his first complete game on August 11 against the Astros. In 20 starts with the Rangers, Pérez went 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA, striking out 84 in 124.1 innings.

On November 7, 2013, Pérez signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract with the Rangers that holds three club options, keeping him under team control through 2020. He received a $1 million signing bonus, and was to earn $750,000 in 2014, $1 million in 2015, $2.9 million in 2016, and $4.4 million in 2017. The 2018 option was worth $6 million and had a $2.45 million buyout. The 2019 option was worth $7.5 million and had a $750,000 buyout. The 2020 option is worth $9 million and has a $750,000 buyout.[6]

On April 23, 2014, Pérez threw nine shutout innings against the Oakland A's to secure his second consecutive (and career) complete game shutout.[citation needed]

After several ineffective starts following the shutouts, Pérez was placed on the disabled list due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. On May 19, 2014, Pérez underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn UCL in the aforementioned elbow, which kept him out of action for the remainder of 2014.

Pérez began the 2015 season on the 60-day disabled list to continue recovery from Tommy John surgery.[citation needed]

Perez hit his first major league hit on July 15, 2016, against Chicago Cubs' pitcher Kyle Hendricks. He hit a single to Kris Bryant. He had been hitless his first nine at bats. In 2016 he was 10-11 and had the fewest strikeouts per 9 innings in the major leagues (4.67).[7] He had more batters reach base against him on errors, 16, than any other pitcher in the major leagues.[8]

In 2017 he was 13-12 with a 4.32 ERA, and had the highest WHIP among major league pitchers (1.48).[9] He also had the highest line drive percentage allowed (24.8%) of all major league pitchers.[10]

On April 30, 2018, Perez was placed on the disabled list with discomfort in his right elbow. He was activated on July 14, replacing Alex Claudio, who was placed on the DL. [11] In 2018 he was 2-7 with a 6.22 ERA.[12]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On January 30, 2019, Perez signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins. He is expected to compete for the 5th spot in the starting rotation.[13]

Pitching style[edit]

Perez features a four-seam fastball that is regularly clocked at 93 mph, a sharp breaking curveball, and a change-up. His velocity is not that of a power pitcher, but his pitches have good movement. The speed of his fastball has increased since he was signed. Being as small as he is at 6'0" and 165 lbs, Perez may always be more of a finesse pitcher than a power pitcher even if he is able to consistently throw a mid-90's fastball. He is compared to be a cross between Johan Santana and Greg Maddux by Jason Parks of Baseball Time in Arlington.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ " "Top 100 Prospects: No. 1-20". Baseball America. February 23, 2010.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Matejko, Ron (March 4, 2013). "Prospect Martin Perez breaks forearm". ESPN Dallas.
  4. ^ Morris, Adam J. (May 25, 2013). "Darvish and Perez to start Monday's doubleheader". Lone Star Ball.
  5. ^ Fraley, Gerry (June 20, 2013). "Texas Rangers juggle rotation: bring up Martin Perez, send down Josh Lindblom". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Adams, Steve (November 7, 2013). "Rangers Sign Martin Perez To Four-Year Deal". MLB Trade Rumors.
  7. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » Pitchers » Dashboard | FanGraphs Baseball
  8. ^ 2016 Major League Baseball Baserunning/Situ | Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2017 » Pitchers » Advanced Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  10. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2017 » Pitchers » Batted Ball Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  11. ^ Siedel, Jeff (July 14, 2018). "Alex Claudio on DL with left ankle sprain". MLB.COM.
  12. ^ Martin Perez Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ Park, Do-Hyoung (January 30, 2019). "Twins sign lefty Martin Perez to 1-year deal". MLB.com. MLB. Retrieved January 30, 2019.

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