Milwaukee Brewers: Who Is Fernando Perez?
By Trevor Hooth
The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly added more depth to the organization with another MiLB signing.
Fernando Perez tweeted out that he is happy to be joining the organization. Hopefully this turns out to be a fruitful signing for the Milwaukee Brewers. The potential is there, and he is still pretty young.
Meet Fernando Perez
Perez is a 24 year old infielder. His MiLB.com profile lists him as a first baseman, but he has time at second and third as well. This is yet another signing that adds infield depth to the organization, much like the Andres Blanco addition. However, Perez has yet to play higher than the Double A, where he played in 63 games last season.
The San Diego Padres selected Perez in the third round of the 2012 draft. He then spent the next several years between the Rookie level and A ball. If he can fulfill his third round potential, this could become a steal for the Brewers moving forward. As it stands now, he is a career .245 hitter in the minors. He earned the call up to Double A because of his .281 average at the level below, so something is starting to click for him.
What Is His Future With The Brewers?
As previously stated, he is only 24 years old. If he can come out of his shell and have a breakout season, then the Milwaukee Brewers will reap the benefits of a third round pick. The team’s actual third rounder from that year, Zach Quintana, was released after the 2016 season after accumulating a minor league career ERA above five.
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It is likely he will be minor league depth for his entire tenure with the Brewers organization. He will have at least this season to prove he is worth keeping around long term. It will require a batting average higher than the .212 he hit in Double A last season. He will know his new home for the start of 2018 soon if this signing is real.