Over the weekend team, Venezuela took second in the Caribbean series with the help of Brewers Prospect Hernan Perez. Perez posted a line of .400/.385/.640/1.025 with 1 homer, 6 RBIs (4th best in the CWS) and 10 hits in 25 at-bats for Team Venezuela. The Tigers drafted Perez in 2007 and initially viewed him as a top prospect in his system. But he eventually found himself being waived by the Tigers and then subsequently pick up by The Brewers off of waivers. Once the Brewers picked him up he started off hot going .338/.357..500 through the first half of the season. The second half of the season didn’t go so well for the third baseman as he went .241/.247/.309 eventually finishing out the season with a line of .270/.281/.365 with 1 home run and four stolen bases.
Will Middlebrooks is the leading contender to be the day to day third baseman in Miller Park, but the 25-year-old Hernan Perez could find himself up there too (if the cards fall the right way). However, if the CWS is an indicator of what is to come Perez come from him, he could be a solid option for 3rd base. In the final game of the CWS Perez went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, a strong showing quite different from his dismal second half showing.The Brew Crew provides him with the best chance of making an MLB Roster (given that they’re going through a rebuild) and ultimately he could show that despite what people have seen thus far he is capable of playing at the Major League level.
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Time will only tell what will happen, but his performance at the CWS showed that he still has the potential to be a daily 3rd baseman in the Majors
*Note: The original posting of this article indicated that Perez hadn’t been signed when in fact that wasn’t the case.