Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Roberto Perez (C, Columbus): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
It is really important to not overreact to early season outlier performances. It is also really important not to overreact to hitters putting up big lines in Columbus and the hitter’s paradise that is Huntington Park. But it is hard not to get excited for what Perez has shown so far in 2014. After suffering from Bell’s palsy last year (and somehow playing through it), Perez is healthy again this season and raking. Perez was always a high-strikeout, high-walk hitter without any power, but the 2014 version of Perez owns a .277 isolated power and is showing that power both at home and on the road. There is no doubt that Perez’s offense will regress — after four straight seasons of a sub-.700 OPS, it is unlikely Perez will sustain his current 1.064 mark — but if he can keep even part of this power, when combined with his plus defense, the catcher looks like a legitimate major league option. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, May 8, 2014