In this series, District Sports Page has provide detailed scouting reports on our list of Top 25 Washington Nationals prospects. You can find our overview with the entire list here. We will now move into even further detailed reports for our Top 10.
Without further ado, here is prospect No. 10. outfielder Eury Perez.
10. Eury Perez
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 0″, Weight: 180 lb.
Born: May 30, 1990 in San Luis, Distrito Nacional, DO (Age 23)
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Perez has been in the Nationals system since the team signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, when he was just 17 years old. Since then, he’s done nothing but hit and steal bases at every level. While he lacks the well-rounded profile the talent-stacked Nats are looking for in a starting player, he’s an excellent baseball player and is ready to be a valuable option off the bench in 2014.
Perez’s resume contains just about every accolade possible from a top prospect. He opened his career in the states by winning the Gulf Coast League batting title in 2009, and earning player of the year honors from Topps. The following year he swiped 64 bags while playing in Hagerstown, which topped the organization and was the second-highest total in the minors. His made an appearance in the Futures Game in 2010, and even took home Dominican Winter League Rookie of the Year honors after batting .345 on the circuit.
The Nationals added Perez to their 40-man roster in 2011 to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and he ended up making his big league debut in September 2012. Now at 23 years old, Perez has accomplished everything he needs to in the minors. He hit .310/.347/.413 with 43 stolen bases in 46 tries in 136 games in Triple-A, flashing plus glove work in the outfield as well.
Perez is a burner, blessed with top-of-the-scale speed, quick-twitch athleticism and tremendous base-running ability. He absolutely flies out of the box, and can get from home plate to first base in under four seconds from the right side. He clocks sixty-yard dash times as low as 6.3 seconds, which is absolutely astounding speed. His wheels work come game time as well, as evidenced by his insane stolen base totals. He displays sharp base-stealing instincts, makes nice reads on pick-off moves and gets great jumps. He has great body control and dives into a head-first slide in one clean, quick motion.
Perez’s speed makes him an asset in center field, and he has developed a strong, accurate arm with quick release and gets nice carry on his throws. He’s a complete defensive outfielder and is already above-average at all three positions. He sees the ball well off of the bat and has the acrobatic agility to run full speed while tracking the ball. With more experience playing in MLB outfields, he could be one of the elite fielders at his position.
At the plate, Perez is fairly one dimensional. He has a nice, short stroke and displays the plate vision and pitch recognition to make hard, line-drive contact all over the zone. He boasts uncanny plate coverage, and sprays line drives all over the field. He should continue to hit for average in the MLB, though his lack of plate discipline — which has been fueled by his ability to hit anything near the plate in the minors — will probably keep him from batting .300 in the near-term. If he can learn to work the count and pick the pitches he puts in play though, he definitely could reach that mark.
Perez has little to no power. His frame is slight, with little room to add strength. His swing and approach are built for contact and it’s highly unlikely he’ll ever hit more than a handful of home runs a season in the MLB. He has the strength and barrel control to spray his fair share of gappers, which will allow him to leg out extra-bases however.
Perez’s lack of power and plate discipline limit his profile to a superb part-time player. His defense, baserunning and contact skills will be invaluable off the bench, but unless he can learn to work the count and get on base at a better than average clip, his right-handed bat won’t see the lineup every day. For now, the Nationals should be able to give him a look as a second bench outfielder, and he’ll have his opportunity to earn plenty of at bats with the big club this year.