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Roster review: Eury Perez

Nov 24, 2013, 9:29 AM EST

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Age on Opening Day 2014: 23

How acquired: Signed as free agent, 2007

MLB service time: 70 days

2013 salary+bonuses: N/A

Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020

2013 Stats: 9 G, 8 PA, 8 AB, R, H, SB, 3 SO, .125 BA, .125 OBP, .250 OPS, 0.0 WAR

2013 analysis: Eury Perez made his major league debut in 2012 as a September call-up, and this past season earned two stints in Washington. The first was in May after Jayson Werth went down with a hamstring injury. The second was in September when the Nationals expanded their roster. Both times he saw limited action, mainly as a pinch runner due to his speed.

Perez only has 13 plate appearances to his name across three MLB tours. He hasn’t quite broken in with the Nats at the big league level, despite an impressive career of seven seasons in the minors. Perez holds a .305 batting average through 632 minor league games dating back to 2007. He has posted 23 stolen bases in 2013, and at least 40 of them each season from 2010 to 2012.

2014 outlook: Perez is one of the fastest players in the Nationals’ organization, is a legitimate contact hitter as proven in the minors, and has potential as an outfielder. So why, exactly, hasn’t the 23-year-old found a role in the majors? The likely reason is the Nationals’ high expectations right now coupled with a loaded outfield. Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth aren’t going anywhere, and that leaves only one spot for any sort of competition. This year the Nats opted to go with experience in center field – and a left-handed bat – in Denard Span. The idea was to compete for a championship and Perez wasn’t ready to be that guy.

Perez has been in limbo within the system over the last year or so, and his lack of a high ceiling may explain it. Brian Goodwin is thought to have more potential and also bats left. Even though he hasn’t produced like Perez in the minors, and though both are the same age, he is a former first round pick and has stood out in the Arizona Fall League. Michael Taylor is also drawing high praise from members of the front office, he’s another young center fielder who was just added to the 40-man roster. The best-case scenario for Perez is earning a bench role out of spring training. Maybe this is the year he breaks through.

  1. Section 222 - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    One other thought on the McCann deal with the Yankees. (I let my dislike for the guy’s self-appointed baseball’s sheriff personna get the best of me yesterday.) His departure is a pretty big loss for the Braves. I’d say he was the second or third most feared bat in their lineup — after Freeman and JUpton. That’s good news for the Nats’ chances in the East. It’s good he went to an AL team of course, but just getting him out of our archrival’s lineup is a good thing.

  2. David Proctor - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Not to be harsh, but Perez has no future in the organization. Brian Goodwin, Michael Taylor and Billy Burns are all more promising than Perez and all will get legitimate shots before him. Not to mention Steven Souza.

    • karlkolchak - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Dude’s biggest problem is that he is completely allergic to taking a walk. He had exactly 13 BBs in 433 PAs at Syracuse last year, and 16 BBs in 569 PAs the year before. Yuck.

  3. karlkolchak - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Stop the presses–I think we’ve found our No. 4 starter. Presenting, the New and Improved Tomo Okha, Knuckleballer Edition. Coming soon (or at least trying to) to an MLB club near you:

    “The Orioles are among clubs with interest in Tomo Ohka, tweets NPB Tracker’s Patrick Newman, citing a report from Sanspo. The 10-year big league veteran is trying to make it back to the majors as a knuckleballer.”

  4. Doc - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Eury is going to make the Bigs as a CF for somebody.

    What could the Astros give us for him??

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      A low level player is all I think they get unfortunately. Eury had a great winter ball 3 years ago and then did nothing in the Minors. At 20 he was a prospect. At 23 he is getting aged. He’s the perfect September callup to give the team a pinch runner.

  5. sjm308 - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I knew we had depth on our pitching staff but I wonder if Rizzo also covets Centerfielders.

    Besides Span and in no particular order we have Goodwin, Brown, Taylor, Kobernus, Burns and Mr. Perez. I am sure there is someone else but I don’t follow the minors as closely as some of you. When you add the fact that Harper is also highly qualified and that Werth can even fill in if needed it seems that someone has to be dealt. You can’t just let young talent continue to play in the minors, some team must need outfield depth and I think Brown and Perez have been given their shot here and not really produced. Problem is, since they didn’t produce here, I am guessing they don’t have a huge upside on the trade market. Still, 8 centerfielders seems like a bunch.

    Go Nats!!

  6. derwink - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Perez = tradable asset.

  7. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    “Perez = tradable asset” —

    More like, can be donated to the Salvation Army,

    • derwink - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      lol – not 1 for 1 but as part of a package, perhaps.

  8. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Like, “For sure, every team needs a 30-yd dash specialist.”

  9. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Burns, in contrast, has 149 BB in three minor leagues seasons, only 144 K.

    • letswin3 - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Yeah, Burns looks to be a real prospect. But Perez looks to be only a designated stealer, or a center fielder on another continent.

  10. blovy8 - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I could see trading him to get a AAA catcher who has more in his bat than the Onion.





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