Infielder Hernan Perez was selected in the 2007 Amateur Free Agent draft by the Detroit Tigers. After kicking around in the minors for seven years, Perez was picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers off the waiver wire in June.
He played in 22 games for the Tigers and had little success, going just 2-for-33 (.061/.088/.061) before getting released by the Tigers this summer.
Perez did a much better job in Milwaukee, playing in 90 games for the Brewers and showing his versatility by playing all four infield positions. He spent most of the time at third base (72 games, 46 starts) in place of traded Aramis Ramirez, who was sent to the Pirates in late July.
The righty-hitting Perez made a big splash in June, slashing .360/.385/.500 in 54 trips to the plate, including five doubles and a triple among his 18 hits.
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He dropped off a bit the next two months (24-for-103) but finished decently, with a slash line of .263/.269/.316 in 27 games the last five weeks of the season.
Perez had 14 multiple-hit games, including a trio of three-hit contests. He finished strong, going 6-for-16 (.375) to finish with a Brewers season slash line of .270/.281/.365 in 238 plate appearances. He collected 15 doubles, two triples, and a home run and stole four bases in five attempts.
Defensively, Perez showed above-average range at 3B while making only four errors in 421 innings (slightly more than a quarter-season equivalent). He played well at second and even appeared in three games at both shortstop and first base.
Perez fits the role of a prototypical utility infielder: decent speed, good defense, and the ability to knock out a timely base hit.
Unfortunately, the Brewers middle infielder/utility infielder roles have tons of candidates, and Perez might well be the odd man out in 2016. He was signed through 2015 and although he remains on the Brewers 40-man roster, odds are at best even that he will start next season in Milwaukee.