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Franklin Perez
Trending: ↑ 27%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 197LBS | Age: 22

MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 0 2.35 2 2 0 7.2 6 1.57
Career Minors 10 12 3.56 59 45 4 230.0 234 1.24
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 2 0-0 2.35 7.2 6 1.57
Career Minors 59 10-12 3.56 230.0 234 1.24

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2015 2 Teams Minors 1 4 4.50 16 10 0 50.0 53 31 25 1 14 61 1.34
2015 DSL Astros Orange DSL ROK 1 2 4.37 11 9 0 35.0 34 22 17 1 11 44 1.29
2015 GCL Astros GCL ROK 0 2 4.80 5 1 0 15.0 19 9 8 0 3 17 1.47
2016 Quad Cities River Bandits MID A(Full) 3 3 2.84 15 10 1 66.2 63 24 21 1 19 75 1.23
2017 2 Teams Minors 6 3 3.02 19 16 3 86.1 71 33 29 6 27 78 1.14
2017 Buies Creek Astros CAR A(Adv) 4 2 2.98 12 10 2 54.1 38 20 18 4 16 53 0.99
2017 Corpus Christi Hooks TEX AA 2 1 3.09 7 6 1 32.0 33 13 11 2 11 25 1.38
2018 2 Teams Minors 0 2 6.52 7 7 0 19.1 18 14 14 2 8 14 1.34
2018 GCL Tigers East GCL ROK 0 1 4.50 3 3 0 8.0 3 4 4 0 0 5 0.38
2018 Lakeland Flying Tigers FSL A(Adv) 0 1 7.94 4 4 0 11.1 15 10 10 2 8 9 2.03
2019 Lakeland Flying Tigers FSL A(Adv) 0 0 2.35 2 2 0 7.2 7 2 2 1 5 6 1.57

Scouting Report

2020

Two-plus seasons have passed since Perez was the headline prospect in the Justin Verlander trade, instantly becoming Detroit’s top-rated prospect. He has thrown 27 innings over nine appearances since that deal thanks to injuries. A lat strain and shoulder inflammation shelved him for much of 2018, save for seven short midsummer appearances. After an impressive appearance in big league Spring Training, Perez suffered right shoulder tendinitis, a recurring issue that limited him to two rehab starts at Class A Advanced Lakeland in 2019. That he remains ranked speaks to the potential that earned him a $1 million signing bonus from the Astros out of Venezuela in 2014, just two years after converting from hitter to pitcher. For all the injuries, he has never needed surgery, keeping his valuable arm intact.

Whenever Perez has been able to pitch, his potential has been evident. With a 6-foot-3 frame and fluid mechanics, he can overpower hitters with a 93-95 mph fastball or flummox them with a sharp curveball. His changeup could develop into a third pitch if given a full, healthy season to work on it. He also spent the offseason working on a slider. The lone silver lining to the injuries is that his time in the weight room has allowed his body to mature and fill out.

The Tigers still viewed Perez as an important part of their future rotation a year ago. If he can develop into a Major Leaguer at this point, he might be a bonus. His durability concerns could move him to the bullpen, but the Tigers simply want to get him back on a mound at this point to see what he has. He still his age on his side, having just turned 22.


2019

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

Perez didn't become a full-time pitcher until he was 15 years old, after spending much of his amateur career as a third baseman, but he took quickly to the new role and received $1 million to sign with the Astros in 2014. He subsequently blossomed into one of the organization's better pitching prospects and had already reached Double-A at age 19 in '17 before being the marquee prospect sent to the Tigers in the Justin Verlander trade at the end of August. The high expectations for Perez's 2018 Tigers debut were quickly dashed by a lat strain that kept him out until late June, and he pitched only 19 1/3 innings upon returning before the club shut him down for the year in late July with right shoulder inflammation. Following the season, Perez was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster.

Perez has four pitches at his disposal when he's healthy, all of which he can throw for strikes. He generally throws his lively fastball in the 92-94 mph range, but he can reach back for 95-96 mph when he needs to. Added velocity could come as he matures. He can really spin his curveball, a future plus offering, and he's taken to a relatively new slider as well. He throws his above-average changeup with solid fade. With an athletic and repeatable delivery, he should continue to command the ball well even if he adds velocity.

Perez used his time on the shelf to add strength to his already strong frame, and he was able to resume throwing off flat ground with no ill effects in December. But right shoulder tendinitis sidelined Perez out of the gate in 2019, and while he returned to the mound for Lakeland in May, he was placed back on the disabled list with shoulder woes after just one start. The good news is that he's still young and has a relatively high floor as a mid-rotation-type starter, albeit one with major concerns about his long-term durability.


2018

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

A third baseman early in his amateur days, Perez didn't become a full-time pitcher until he was 15 years old. He took to it quickly, earning $1 million to sign with the Astros in 2014. The best term to describe the young right-hander has been precocious, as he has shown an advanced feel for pitching given his age. He reached Double-A at age 19 in 2017 before being the marquee prospect sent to the Tigers in the Justin Verlander trade at the end of August. Excitement for his Tigers debut in 2018 was dampened by a lat strain that kept him out until late June, then it became a lost season when he was shut down for the year in late July with right shoulder inflammation.

Perez has four pitches at his disposal, all of which he can throw for strikes. He generally throws his lively fastball in the 92-94 mph range, but he can reach back for 95-96 mph when he needs to. Added velocity could come as he matures. He can really spin his curveball, a future plus offering, and he's taken to a relatively new slider as well. He throws his above-average changeup with solid fade. With an athletic and repeatable delivery, he should continue to command the ball well even if he adds velocity.

The Verlander trade happened too late for Perez to make his Tigers debut in 2017, and the injury kept the Tigers from seeing the real Perez in 2018. He still has a relatively high floor as a mid-rotation-type starter and is just 20 years old for all of 2018.


2017

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

When Perez attended Carlos Guillen's training academy in Venezuela, the former All-Star initially stationed him at third base. He became a full-time pitcher a year later at age 15, showing enough promise that the Astros signed him for $1 million in 2014. Very advanced for his age, he was the only 18-year-old to make 10 starts in the Class A Midwest League in 2016 and he reached Double-A in 2017 before being sent to the Tigers in the Justin Verlander trade at the end of August.

Though he's just a teenager, Perez already demonstrates feel for four offerings. His most consistent pitch right now is his lively fastball, which sits at 92-94 mph, peaks at 96 and could add more velocity once he physically matures. His downer curveball projects as a future plus pitch, his fading changeup shows similar upside and his slider is developing nicely.

The athleticism that made Perez a prospect as a corner infielder has translated into an easy delivery that he repeats well. He throws a lot of strikes and commands the bottom of the zone. He has the upside of a No. 3 starter and is on pace to reach the big leagues at a very young age.


2016

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

Perez grew up as a pitcher in Venezuela and attended the academy run by former big league All-Star Carlos Guillen, who moved him to third base at age 14. He returned the mound a year later and signed in 2014 for $1 million, the largest bonus given by the Astros to an international pitcher in that class. He made his pro debut in 2015 and showed enough polish to come to the United States at the end of the season at age 17. 

Perez already sits at 91-93 mph and reaches 95 with his fastball, and he should add more velocity once he fills out his 6-foot-3 frame. He has good feel for spinning a downer curveball that has the potential to give him a second plus offering. He's making strides with his changeup as well and should have the three-pitch arsenal necessary to remain a starter.

The athleticism that made Perez intriguing as a corner infielder helps him repeat his delivery and throw strikes. Advanced for his age, he has the upside of a mid-rotation starter.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/28/2020 Detroit Tigers recalled RHP Franklin Perez from Tigers Alternate Training Site.
03/10/2020 Detroit Tigers optioned RHP Franklin Perez to Lakeland Flying Tigers.
09/30/2019 Detroit Tigers recalled RHP Franklin Perez from Lakeland Flying Tigers.
06/23/2019 Lakeland Flying Tigers placed RHP Franklin Perez on the 7-day injured list.
06/18/2019 Lakeland Flying Tigers activated RHP Franklin Perez from the 7-day injured list.
05/19/2019 Lakeland Flying Tigers placed RHP Franklin Perez on the 7-day injured list retroactive to May 17, 2019.
05/15/2019 Lakeland Flying Tigers activated RHP Franklin Perez from the 7-day injured list.
04/04/2019 Lakeland Flying Tigers placed RHP Franklin Perez on the 7-day injured list.
03/08/2019 Detroit Tigers optioned RHP Franklin Perez to Lakeland Flying Tigers.
11/19/2018 Detroit Tigers selected the contract of Franklin Perez from Lakeland Flying Tigers.
09/15/2018 Lakeland Flying Tigers activated RHP Franklin Perez from the 7-day disabled list.
07/30/2018 Lakeland Flying Tigers placed RHP Franklin Perez on the 7-day disabled list.
07/10/2018 RHP Franklin Perez assigned to Lakeland Flying Tigers from Erie SeaWolves.
06/25/2018 Erie SeaWolves sent RHP Franklin Perez on a rehab assignment to GCL Tigers East.
03/30/2018 Erie SeaWolves placed RHP Franklin Perez on the 7-day disabled list.
09/01/2017 RHP Franklin Perez assigned to Erie SeaWolves.
08/31/2017 Detroit Tigers traded RHP Justin Verlander, cash and Player To Be Named Later to Houston Astros for CF Daz Cameron, RHP Franklin Perez and C Jake Rogers.
07/12/2017 RHP Franklin Perez assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
09/21/2016 Quad Cities River Bandits activated RHP Franklin Perez from the 7-day disabled list.
08/27/2016 Quad Cities River Bandits placed RHP Franklin Perez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 25, 2016.
05/18/2016 RHP Franklin Perez assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits from GCL Astros.
08/10/2015 RHP Franklin Perez assigned to GCL Astros from DSL Astros Orange.
05/29/2015 RHP Franklin Perez assigned to DSL Astros Orange.
07/02/2014 Houston Astros signed free agent RHP Franklin Perez to a minor league contract.