Juan Perez (minors17)

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Juan S. Perez

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Juan Perez began his professional career in 2011. He was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round of the 2011 amateur draft; the scout was Rex De La Nuez.

His first year, he hit .316/.393/.488 with 15 steals in 52 games between two rookie league teams. He stole 24 and 31 bases the next two years, respectively, then swiped 21 bags in 2015. In 2014, he reached the prestigious Arizona Fall League, batting .286/.333/.429 in eight games. 2014 also saw his first trip to Triple A; he returned there for all of 2016.

Perez played for the Mexican national team in the 2015 Premier 12, when they relied on Mexican-Americans almost exclusively due to feuding between the Mexican baseball federation and officials of the Mexican League and Mexican Pacific League. He hit .286/.385/.381 in 7 games and led the event with 3 times hit by pitch, while playing both shortstop and the outfield. His solo homer off Tomoyuki Sugano gave Mexico their lone run in their 11-1 loss to Samurai Japan in the Bronze Medal game. He remained with Mexico for the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, going 2 for 3 with two runs and a walk, backing up Leo Heras in CF. Mexico won their pool to get a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Perez was a Post-Season All-Star in 2011 and a MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2014.