Hey guys, I took a run up to TVA Credit Union Park in Johnson City, TN yesterday to watch the JC Cardinals take on the Pulaski Yankees. Cardinals Shortstop Delvin Perez was a player I highlighted at the start of the Appy season as a player I wanted to see. Glad I got the chance.
Perez, age 18, listed 6’3″ 175 lbs, bats and throws right. He was drafted 23rd overall out of high school in Puerto Rico.
Perez looks rail thin, I guessed on the field 6’4″ 170 lbs. There is projection left but he looks destined to remain thin. He maybe able to add another 15-20 lbs of muscle though.
At the dish Perez hits from a closed upright stance, he keeps his hands high and he remains pretty quiet pre pitch. He uses a sizeable leg kick for timing. The swing is linear and on the long side. He shows quick wrists and above average bat speed. His game right now is spraying sharp grounders and low line drives around the diamond. It was just one look but the approach seemed fairly aggressive. Based on what I saw yesterday, I would rank the hit as potential 50 perhaps 55. I wonder about the swing length and aggressiveness. But I plan to update this piece after some more looks. Specifically I want to see the pitch recognition and bat to ball skills. Johnson City is 1 hour up the road. I hope to get a few more looks anyway.
The raw power is 40, it’s possible it gets to 50 or 55 as he matures. But with current approach I can’t see the HR’s exceeding 10 at peak.
Perez can fly and for being long legged he’s got an excellent burst. As he gains experience he could become a weapon on the bases.
Defensively at SS Perez shows good hands and feet. A strong arm and very quick release. He projects to stay at SS long term and he could excel there.
Conclusion: Perez is an exciting young player. He’s a sure fire short stop long term and a burner that’s a great starting point. But the rest is all about projection, how well will the hit play? And as he gets stronger will there be some changes to the swing to maximize the HR threat or will he and the Cardinals be content with gap power. He’s a fun player to explore and watch develop. I’ll update the piece after a few more looks. Cheers!
Here we get a look at Perez during an AB in Spring Training, courtesy of MLB Prospect Portal:
This week at Notes, expect write ups on:
RHP) Johan Oviedo, Cardinals
3B) Dermis Garcia, Yankees
RF) Khalil Lee- Royals
2B) Jagger Rusconi- Red Sox