Not every successful international signing has to be a seven-figure expenditure. If the early returns are any indication, Perez, who signed for $550,000 in July 2016 out of the Dominican Republic, will be one of those bargain finds. He showcased natural hitting ability during his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League and firmly put himself on the prospect radar in 2018, ascending three levels to finish the season as an 18-year-old in the Class A Midwest League.
With his plus bat speed, barrel control and a clean swing from both sides of the plate, Perez shows many of the attributes needed to hit for a high average. He covers the plate well, too, trusting his approach to let pitches travel deep and open up his use of the entire field. He projects for more gap power than true over-the-fence pop, but there's enough raw power and physical projection remaining to think he could produce double-digit homers in his prime.
Perez's loudest tool is plus speed that shows up in all facets of the game. He gets out of the box and down the line well and is aggressive on the basepaths, at times to a fault. Those wheels, along with his overall athleticism, translate well at shortstop, where he profiles as an above-average defender with the necessary hands, actions and arm strength to stick at the position long term. Perez's lack of power limits his ceiling, but the pieces are there for him to develop into a glove-first regular up the middle.
SS Wenceel Perez assigned to Detroit Tigers.
SS Wenceel Perez assigned to West Michigan Whitecaps from Connecticut Tigers.
SS Wenceel Perez assigned to Connecticut Tigers from GCL Tigers West.
SS Wenceel Perez assigned to GCL Tigers West.
SS Wenceel Perez assigned to DSL Tigers.
Detroit Tigers signed free agent SS Wenceel Perez to a minor league contract.