CRISTOPHER PEREZ, SHORTSTOP
|Born: August 7, 1997
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PLAYER PROFILE
|Perez got a moderate signing bonus, by Pirate standards. He’s an infielder with a line drive bat.
Perez had a difficult first season, as he struggled severely at the plate and in the field. He played mostly short and committed 24 errors, leading to an unsightly .874 fielding percentage. His hitting did pick up as the season went along. After a dismal .314 OPS in June, he posted figures of .594 and .645 in July and August.
Perez showed a lot of improvement in his second DSL season. He hit with a little pop and had solid BB and K rates. With Rodolfo Castro at short, Perez was the team’s primary third baseman, but he spent time at second and short. The error problem didn’t improve, but he seems to have good range.
The Pirates moved Perez up to the GCL for 2017. He didn’t hit a great deal and showed no power. In the field, he spent time at second, third and first, in that order of frequency. He played very well at second but committed errors in a third of his chances at third.
At this point, Perez seems likely to become a lower level organizational player.
|2018: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $150,000
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2019
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2014: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.