The Milwaukee Brewers have claimed infielder Hernan Perez off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Perez has made appearances in the big leagues each of the past 4 seasons for the Tigers. He has a .160/.189/.179 slash in 113 big league plate appearances. The 24 year old Venezuelan has mostly played second base and third base, but also has seen time at shortstop and first base.
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He has had better success at the minor league level. In 149 games at the AAA level at the end of the 2013 season, and the entire 2014 season, Perez was much more effective. He combined for a .288/.334/.397 slash and showed some speed with 25 stolen bases in 31 attempts. He also combined for 35 doubles and 7 triples, to go along with 6 home runs at AAA.
The Brewers corresponding move resulted in Elian Herrera being designated for assignment. Herrera had a great start in spring training and extended the hot start when he was called up to the Brewers earlier this year. In his first game after being called up, Herrera connected for 5 RBI, including a grand slam. Just last month, he homered in three straight games, but couldn’t stay consistent enough to stay with the big league roster.
In 108 plate appearances, Herrera had a .212/.259/.374 slash, to go along with those 4 home runs and 15 RBI. In 107 games with the Brewers, Herrera has mustered just a .248 batting average while getting on base just over 27% of the time. He was able to play all over the diamond, which helped out quite a bit with the amount of Brewers injuries that have occurred this year. In his two seasons with Milwaukee, he has played all outfield positions and all infield positions, excluding first base. The road back to the Major Leagues may not happen for Herrera, but I will wish him the best of luck as he will try to return.