Ht: 5’10″ Wt: 160
Acquired: International FA, 2014
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #24 – 2016 Preseason
- #30 – 2016 Midseason
Carlos Perez came into the system in 2014 as a minor signing out of Venezuela ($50,000 bonus). Perez is the third member of his family to come stateside and be a professional backstop with his brother, also Carlos Perez, covering the back up duties for the Angels in 2015. After posting results that were impressive, yet lacked thump, in his first stab at the DSL in the 2014 (.305/.356/.326), Perez repeated the DSL in the 2015 and this time struck the ball with much more authority (.333/.424/.438) over 191 PAs. Most impressively, Perez has had a 29/12 BB/SO ratio in his two short season campaigns in the DSL. 2016 was Carlos’ first year stateside, spraying 34 games across both rookie clubs and Low-A Kannapolis, with the his offensive numbers underwhelming in his age 19 season (.477 OPS), except for one – he struck out just 4 times in 123 PA. 2017 had him in Great Falls, but only for 28 games, where again he showed excellent contact rates but middling at best overall results while playing only sparingly, leaving some to wonder what his path would be. 2018 was somewhat of a breakout campaign for Carlos, who hit .290, made a lot of contact, but somehow walked just 4 times in 286 PA.
Perez, who was listed at only 5’ 10”, 160 pounds when he signed, never figures to be a huge power hitter though growing into some power isn’t an unreasonable assessment. What he brings at the plate is a very easy swing with the ability to put the ball in play at a high frequency. The 19-year-old has been nearly allergic to walks, but has been a tough guy to put down on strikes. As a receiver, Perez is looked at as advanced at this juncture, while his arm grades out just around average from our own looks and those of others. While the White Sox have brought in a bevy of catching prospects internationally since Marco Paddy has taken over, it’s too early to write off this Perez, though he’s on the edge of the radar right now.
Major League Outlook: Defense and contact-hitting-oriented backup catcher
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