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Cionel Perez
Cionel Pérez #59
Perez relies on 4 pitches. Four Seamer (66.4%), Slider (30.7%), Sinker (1.4%), Changeup (1.4%),

HT
5' 11"
WT
170
AGE
22
POS
P
BAT
L
THROW
L
BORN
Apr 21, 1996 
FROM
La Habana, Cuba 
DEBUT
Jul 11, 2018  
DRAFTED
 
ACTIVE
YES

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 0 0 3.86 6 0 0 7.0 7 1.29
1 Season 0 0 3.86 6 0 0 7.0 7 1.29
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 6 0-0 3.86 7.0 7 1.29
1 Season 6 0-0 3.86 7.0 7 1.29

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 HOU AL 0 0 3.86 6 0 0 7.0 4 3 3 1 5 7 1.29
*: 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: 55 | Control: 55 | Overall: 50

Perez led Cuba's top league with a 2.06 ERA as an 18-year-old during the 2014-15 season before defecting in May 2015. The Astros originally signed him for a $5.15 million bonus in September 2016, voided the deal when a physical led to concerns about his elbow, then re-signed him for $2 million (plus a matching amount in penalty tax) that December. He expressed frustration with the process afterward and has stayed healthy since while making it to Houston ahead of schedule this July.

His fastball parked around 90 mph in Cuba, but Perez now sits at 93-95 mph and peaks at 98 with sink that generates ground balls. His slider has gotten harder and tighter, working in the low 80s, and his changeup has improved as well. He has three pitches that grade as at least solid as well as a slow curveball that isn't as reliable.

Perez has lived up to his reputation for advanced pitchability. He's not physical but has a quick arm and little effort in his delivery, which he repeats well. While he began his big league career in the bullpen and the elbow issue and his diminutive build raise questions about his durability as a starter, his efficiency helps his cause.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit %
2018 140 16 1 5.9 89.9 4.9 .232 .376 .280 .335 .369 35.3
ALL 140 16 1 5.9 89.9 4.9 .232 .376 .280 .335 .369 35.3
MLB 29455 6.1 87.3 10.9 .248 .409 .317 .317 .368 34.1

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/21/2018 Houston Astros optioned LHP Cionel Perez to Fresno Grizzlies.
08/03/2018 Houston Astros recalled LHP 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.