Jairo Alexander Perez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 172 lb.
Jairo Perez has been a minor league infielder.
Perez was signed by Minnesota Twins scout Jose Leon in July 2006. He was only 3 for 33 with a walk for the 2007 DSL Twins. The next year, though, he hit .338/.437/.525 with 16 doubles, 38 runs and 36 RBI in 48 games as their main first baseman and occasional second baseman. He was third in the Dominican Summer League in average, behind Hector Sanchez and Cesar Guillen, tied Daniel Falcon for third in slugging and led in OPS (one point ahead of Sanchez). He made it to the US in 2009 but struggled with the GCL Twins (.217/.324/.317 in 37 G) while fielding only .878 at the hot corner. He had Tommy John surgery and missed 2010.
In 2011, he made 17 errors in 49 games at 3B for the Beloit Snappers but hit very well - .337/.413/.580, 15 HR, 60 RBI in 74 G. He tied for 6th in the Twins chain in homers. In his Venezuelan Winter League debut, he went 6 for 26 with a double and five walks for the 2011-2012 Cardenales de Lara. In the summer of 2012, he hit .265/.350/.403 in 65 games for the Fort Myers Miracle before Minnesota let him go. He finished the year in the independent American Association, batting .300/.339/.459 in 41 games there.
Jairo produced at a .309/.359/.539 clip with 19 home runs, 58 runs and 72 RBI in 96 games for the 2013 Kansas City T-Bones. He tied for 8th in the AA in homers, tied Ray Sadler for 6th in RBI and was 7th in slugging. He had a strong winter for the Cardenales, hitting .342/.407/.591 with 12 doubles, 7 home runs and 35 RBI in 47 games. Had he qualified, he would have been 4th in the Venezuelan League in average, 4th in slugging and 4th in OPS. The New York Mets signed him. He moved to the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican League for the postseason and scored the winning run in game 7 of the finals, driven in by Emilio Bonifacio; Perez had pinch-ran for Ronny Paulino.
- 2012 Twins Media Guide