Tigers Prospect Profile #24: Hernan Perez

Perez was sent to the Arizona Fall League in 2011

Despite being only 20 years old, Hernan Perez has been pushed aggressively, spending two full season with full-season West Michigan. The young infielder shows a number of potential plus skills, especially in the field and on the base paths. What sort of future does Perez have?

Hernan Perez
Position: Infielder
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165
Born: 3/26/1991
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Background
Perez was a lower budget signing during the 2007 international signing period and then debuted the following summer in the Venezuelan Summer League. He posted a uninspiring .226/.278/.298 line in 68 games at the level.

The Tigers pulled Perez stateside for the 2009 season and the 18-year old infielder split 54 games across three levels with his best showing coming at High-A Lakeland where he posted a .264/.289/.347 line in 21 games.

Slotted in as an everyday guy with West Michigan in 2010 while he was still just a teenager, Perez struggled to a .235 average with 15 doubles and five home runs in 124 games.

While Perez played primarily shortstop in 2010 with the Whitecaps, the Tigers sent him back to West Michigan in 2011, this time as the everyday second baseman alongside Dixon Machado.

Scouting Report
Perez is a quick-twitch athlete with surprising strength for his size. He has a broad skill set that gives him plenty of opportunities to make an impact in games.

His best tools are his glove and strong arm. He was an above-average to plus defensive shortstop and took quickly to second base. He adjusted his footwork well and shows above-average range to both sides and a quickly improving ability to turn the double-play. His hands are soft and he can make plays on the run.

Perez has very strong wrists and forearms that allow him to generate surprising bat speed and pop. He gets the bat to the zone quickly with simple swing mechanics and that allows him to let the ball travel deep. He continues to improve his pitch recognition and has a chance to hit for a solid .260-.270 average.

The strength and surprising pop in his swing manifests mostly as doubles power but he could hit 10-12 home runs annually at his peak, adding to the 25+ doubles he could rack up. He won't ever be an on-base machine outside of his batting average.

Perez is an above-average to plus runner with well above-average instincts on the bases. When he gets on base he can impact the game and could steal at least 15 bases annually.

Still jus 20-years old, Perez has yet to reach physical maturity, which leaves some projection in his offensive profile. If he continues to make modest improvements over the next couple of years, Perez could be a solid all-around second baseman that stands out defensively.

Performance

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

A

West Michigan

503

.258

23

8

42

87

38

.314

.364


Health Record
Perez has been injury free in his four-year pro career. He has handled two seasons of 120-plus games without issue and looks the part of a durable everyday guy.

The Future
The Tigers were aggressive in sending Perez to the Arizona Fall League last year and that could be followed by a promotion to High-A Lakeland in 2012. Though his offensive numbers don't grab your attention he has continued to draw praise from scouts for making adjustments and continuing his development.

Perez is likely still two to three years from being a potential big leaguer despite being added to the 40-man roster in the off-season. The Tigers are very high on his long term prospects and while scouts outside the organization aren't nearly as enamored with him, the consensus seems to project him as a big league player down the line.

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