Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Round 8: Stephen Perez, SS, Miami

(from Miami's official site)

Miami Bio

Sean's one sentence analysis: It's hard to find middle infielders with Perez' talent past the first or second round, but turning his talent into performance will be a project.
Pre-draft rankings:
#357 in Baseball America's pre-draft top 500
#47 on MLB.com's top 50 draft prospects (November 2011)
#54 on Matt Garrioch's pre-season top 100 college draft prospects

Thoughts from the community:
Good talent is hard to find, and Perez could be a steal in the 8th round. His junior season at Miami was not a great one, as he hit .247/.363/.435 with 23 errors, 50 K and 32 walks. Perez struggled to make contact in the Cape Cod league last season as well, but did take a bunch of walks to strengthen his triple slash to .233/.370/.300 (albeit with a 27/44 BB/K ratio). He will hit for better power than a .067 ISO in the pros, but needs to make more consistent contact and strike out less for lasting success. His first game for Auburn is a microcosm of his career at Miami: 2/4 with a 3B, a HR, an error and a strikeout.

Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball listed Perez's floor as a 35 and his ceiling as a 50 (40 being average).

"Miami had high expectations for Perez, but he has not lived up to them in three seasons. He has solid-average power and some feel for hitting, and his defensive tools should make him an average defender at short. His inconsistency has proved maddening to coaches and scouts, however." - Baseball America

"He is silky smooth on the diamond, with lightning quick hands, and plus arm strength, clocked at 89 mph across the infield. Perez has some hotdog in his game, and will try to make the flashy play at times leading to errors. Small and not overly projectable, he has shown a little more pop this spring, but that isn’t a big part of his game. The bat, especially from the right side, continues to be a work-in-progress, but he will get drafted for his defensive ability alone" - JaysFanToronto, Minor League Ball FanPost, 4/19/2012

Perez signed for $100,000, which is $33,000 less than the slotted amount for the 264th overall pick.

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