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Cionel Perez

Cionel Perez

P | B/T: L/L | 5' 11" 170 | Age: 23
La Habana, Cuba
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 1 1 11.25 3 0 0 8.0 5 1.50
2 Seasons 1 1 6.98 11 0 0 19.1 17 1.29
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 3 1-1 11.25 8.0 5 1.50
2 Seasons 11 1-1 6.98 19.1 17 1.29

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 HOU AL 45 0 0 3.97 8 0 0 11.1 6 5 5 3 7 12 1.15
2019 HOU AL 36 1 1 11.25 3 0 0 8.0 11 10 10 3 1 5 1.50
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

After leading Cuba's top league with a 2.08 ERA as an 18-year-old, Perez defected in May 2015. He originally agreed to a $5.15 million bonus in September 2016, but the Astros voided the deal when a subsequent physical raised questions about his elbow, re-signing him that December for $2 million (plus a matching amount in penalty tax). He expressed frustration with the ordeal afterward and has stayed healthy as a pro while making his big league debut ahead of schedule last July.

Perez's polish and small stature belie his fastball, which sat around 90 mph in Cuba but now averages 94 mph and reaches 98 with heavy sink that produces ground balls when it doesn't dodge bats. He backs up his heater with a mid-80s slider that has gotten tighter since he turned pro. He can flash a solid changeup with fade, though it lacks consistency, and can also mix in a slow curveball.

Though he's undersized, Perez has the repertoire and delivery to make it as a starter. He repeats his mechanics, throws strikes and generally keeps his pitches down in the zone. His first opportunity in Houston came in the bullpen and his next one may as well, but he could be a mid-rotation starter.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 220 26 1 3.8 92.2 3.9 .219 .338 .301 .309 .349 46.2 26.7 15.6
2019 142 30 2 6.7 94.6 11.6 .317 .535 .400 .373 .424 50.0 13.9 2.8
ALL 362 56 3 5.4 93.5 8.0 .266 .433 .345 .337 .389 48.2 21.0 9.9
MLB 37051 6.3 87.5 11.1 .251 .409 .318 .318 .370 34.4 21.5 8.2

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/30/2019 Round Rock Express placed LHP Cionel Perez on the 7-day injured list.
06/19/2019 Houston Astros optioned LHP Cionel Perez to Round Rock Express.
06/07/2019 Houston Astros recalled LHP Cionel Perez from Round Rock Express.
03/19/2019 Houston Astros optioned LHP Cionel Perez to Round Rock Express.
09/01/2018 Houston Astros recalled LHP Cionel Perez from Fresno Grizzlies.
08/21/2018 Houston Astros optioned LHP Cionel Perez to Fresno Grizzlies.
08/03/2018 Houston Astros recalled Cionel Perez from Fresno Grizzlies.
07/28/2018 Houston Astros optioned LHP Cionel Perez to Fresno Grizzlies.
07/11/2018 Houston Astros recalled Cionel Perez from Corpus Christi Hooks.
07/01/2018 Houston Astros optioned LHP Cionel Perez to Corpus Christi Hooks.
06/29/2018 Houston Astros recalled Cionel Perez from Corpus Christi Hooks.
03/27/2018 LHP Cionel Perez assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks.
03/09/2018 Houston Astros optioned LHP Cionel Perez to Fresno Grizzlies.
11/20/2017 Houston Astros selected the contract of Cionel Perez from Corpus Christi Hooks.
08/15/2017 LHP Cionel Perez assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
07/11/2017 LHP Cionel Perez assigned to Buies Creek Astros from Quad Cities River Bandits.
04/27/2017 LHP Cionel Perez assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits.
12/09/2016 Houston Astros signed free agent LHP Cionel Perez to a minor league contract.