Player profile: Hernan Perez

Player: Hernan Perez 

Born:   March 26th, 1991 in Villa de Cura, Aragua, Venezuela

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Position: Second Base/ Utility Infielder

Bat/Throw: R/R

Drafted: Undrafted, signed as amateur free agent in 2007 by the Detroit Tigers 

 

Career Highlights: 

  • MLB debut on June 9th, 2012
  • Played 45 career games over 4 seasons with Detroit
  • Committed only 2 errors (both in 2013) in 45 games in the major leagues
  • Career .262 batting average in the minor leagues

Hernan Perez has been working his way through the Tigers minor league system since he was signed as a free agent in 2007. Perez has been with every minor league team the Tigers boast, which makes his journey to the majors one that, for him, was well earned. Perez debuted in 2012, playing only two games. However, with injuries to Omar Infante in 2013, Perez saw 34 games of playing time. Perez had minimal production in 2013, batting only .197 with 5 RBI’s. Perez was up in 2014 for 8 games, still only batting a harsh .200. On the other side of the field, however, Perez is a very good defensive replacement in the infield, committing only 2 errors in his 45 career games, which is why the Tigers like him.

 

Perez’s Future:  

Coming into 2015 spring training, not many expected Perez to make the team once they headed north. A solid March campaign by Perez raised a few eyebrows, where he boasted a .275 batting average. With Perez being so good defensively, the organization ultimately kept him to start the 2015 season. Perez is mostly a late inning replacement for the infield at this point coming off the bench. He may not be the next Don Kelly, but if he produces when called upon, he may stay with the team for a while. For right now, Perez and his defensive skills are what will keep him with the Tigers. If he can produce that well at the plate, he will be a nice gem for the organization.

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