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Birth Date4-4-1991
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age28 years, 4 months, 21 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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2012 TEX MLB 12 6 38.0 1 4 0 47 15 25 3 101 11.1 3.6 0.7 5.9 0% .333 1.63 4.09 5.45 130 6.89 157.8 -0.8
2013 TEX MLB 20 20 124.3 10 6 0 129 37 84 15 101 9.3 2.7 1.1 6.1 0% .292 1.34 4.25 3.62 105 4.16 99.6 1.2
2014 TEX MLB 8 8 51.3 4 3 0 50 19 35 3 104 8.8 3.3 0.5 6.1 0% .315 1.34 3.72 4.38 110 4.54 111.3 0.2
2015 TEX MLB 14 14 78.7 3 6 0 88 24 48 3 109 10.1 2.7 0.3 5.5 0% .324 1.42 3.36 4.46 111 5.74 134.1 -0.6
2016 TEX MLB 33 33 198.7 10 11 0 205 76 103 18 112 9.3 3.4 0.8 4.7 54% .286 1.41 4.45 4.39 115 6.09 134.8 -1.7
2017 TEX MLB 32 32 185.0 13 12 0 221 63 115 23 114 10.8 3.1 1.1 5.6 48% .328 1.54 4.63 4.82 117 7.09 150.9 -3.1
2018 TEX MLB 22 15 85.3 2 7 0 116 36 52 16 109 12.2 3.8 1.7 5.5 52% .344 1.78 5.75 6.22 123 7.31 163.3 -2.0
2019 MIN MLB 25 22 133.0 8 5 0 139 56 111 18 100 9.4 3.8 1.2 7.5 52% .304 1.47 4.63 4.60 111 5.93 121.2 -0.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2008 SPO A- NWN 15 15 61.7 1 2 0 66 28 53 3 102 9.6 4.1 0.4 7.7 0% .330 1.52 3.90 3.65 102 6.05 123.8
2009 HIC A SAL 22 14 93.7 5 5 1 82 33 105 3 99 7.9 3.2 0.3 10.1 0% .317 1.23 2.71 2.31 85 3.96 83.2
2009 FRI AA TXS 5 5 21.0 1 3 0 29 5 14 2 119 12.4 2.1 0.9 6.0 0% .365 1.62 3.86 5.57 95 5.52 116.1
2010 FRI AA TXS 24 23 99.7 5 8 0 117 50 101 12 94 10.6 4.5 1.1 9.1 0% .352 1.68 4.21 5.96 0 0.00 0.0
2010 MAG Wnt VWL 7 4 18.0 1 3 0 23 11 16 0 11.5 5.5 0.0 8.0 0% .411 1.89 3.04 6.50 0 0.00 0.0
2011 FRI AA TEX 17 16 88.3 4 2 0 80 36 83 6 107 8.2 3.7 0.6 8.5 0% .306 1.31 3.63 3.16 88 4.12 84.2
2011 ROU AAA PCL 10 10 49.0 4 4 0 72 20 37 4 105 13.2 3.7 0.7 6.8 0% .386 1.88 4.55 6.43 93 6.20 126.6
2012 TEX MLB AL 12 6 38.0 1 4 0 47 15 25 3 101 11.1 3.6 0.7 5.9 0% .333 1.63 4.09 5.45 130 6.89 157.8
2012 ROU AAA PCL 22 21 127.0 7 6 0 122 56 69 10 93 8.6 4.0 0.7 4.9 0% .277 1.40 5.01 4.25 113 4.72 98.2
2013 TEX MLB AL 20 20 124.3 10 6 0 129 37 84 15 101 9.3 2.7 1.1 6.1 0% .292 1.34 4.25 3.62 105 4.16 99.6
2013 FRI AA TEX 2 2 7.3 0 1 0 14 2 2 1 111 17.2 2.5 1.2 2.5 0% .406 2.18 5.09 11.05 113 7.66 166.4
2013 ROU AAA PCL 6 6 36.0 5 1 0 29 8 28 1 89 7.3 2.0 0.3 7.0 0% .280 1.03 3.20 1.75 86 3.10 67.3
2014 TEX MLB AL 8 8 51.3 4 3 0 50 19 35 3 104 8.8 3.3 0.5 6.1 0% .315 1.34 3.72 4.38 110 4.54 111.3
2015 TEX MLB AL 14 14 78.7 3 6 0 88 24 48 3 109 10.1 2.7 0.3 5.5 0% .324 1.42 3.36 4.46 111 5.74 134.1
2015 FRI AA TEX 2 2 5.7 0 0 0 7 1 8 1 124 11.1 1.6 1.6 12.7 0% .400 1.41 3.29 3.18 69 3.61 79.2
2015 ROU AAA PCL 4 4 20.0 0 1 0 27 2 17 2 95 12.2 0.9 0.9 7.7 0% .397 1.45 3.49 4.95 85 5.23 114.7
2016 TEX MLB AL 33 33 198.7 10 11 0 205 76 103 18 112 9.3 3.4 0.8 4.7 54% .286 1.41 4.45 4.39 115 6.09 134.8
2017 TEX MLB AL 32 32 185.0 13 12 0 221 63 115 23 114 10.8 3.1 1.1 5.6 48% .328 1.54 4.63 4.82 117 7.09 150.9
2018 TEX MLB AL 22 15 85.3 2 7 0 116 36 52 16 109 12.2 3.8 1.7 5.5 52% .344 1.78 5.75 6.22 123 7.31 163.3
2018 HIC A SAL 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 2 0 9 0 103 3.6 0.0 0.0 16.2 75% .250 0.40 -0.14 0.00 56 2.20 46.5
2018 FRI AA TEX 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 2 3 4 0 114 3.0 4.5 0.0 6.0 65% .118 0.83 3.61 0.00 105 3.02 63.8
2018 ROU AAA PCL 1 1 6.3 1 0 0 6 0 6 1 99 8.5 0.0 1.4 8.5 72% .294 0.95 3.90 1.42 87 3.41 72.1
2019 MIN MLB AL 25 22 133.0 8 5 0 139 56 111 18 100 9.4 3.8 1.2 7.5 52% .304 1.47 4.63 4.60 111 5.93 121.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2012 659 0.4385 0.4385 0.8235 0.6471 0.2757 0.8877 0.7059 0.1765
2013 1854 0.4698 0.4644 0.7747 0.6567 0.2940 0.8601 0.6055 0.2253
2014 771 0.3995 0.4228 0.8129 0.6039 0.3024 0.9301 0.6571 0.1871
2015 1213 0.4188 0.4815 0.8219 0.6457 0.3631 0.9024 0.7188 0.1781
2016 3070 0.4472 0.4723 0.8145 0.6453 0.3324 0.8939 0.6897 0.1855
2017 3087 0.4192 0.4451 0.8210 0.6128 0.3240 0.9029 0.7091 0.1790
2018 1403 0.4562 0.4569 0.8206 0.6469 0.2975 0.8889 0.6960 0.1794
2019 2212 0.4322 0.4769 0.7725 0.6642 0.3344 0.8457 0.6619 0.2275

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-11 2014-09-29 60-DL 141 125 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2014-05-19 -
2013-03-22 2013-05-12 15-DL 51 36 Left Forearm Recovery From Fracture Ulna From Batted Ball - -
2013-03-04 2013-03-22 Camp 18 0 Left Forearm Fracture Ulna From Batted Ball - -
2010-08-07 2010-08-21 Minors 14 0 Low Back Strain -
2010-05-25 2010-06-13 Minors 19 0 Left Fingers Tear Fingernail -


Year Team Salary
2020 MIN $500,000
2019 MIN $3,500,000
2018 TEX $6,000,000
2017 TEX $4,650,000
2016 TEX $3,150,000
2015 TEX $1,250,000
2014 TEX $1,000,000
2013 TEX $492,000
7 yrPrevious$16,542,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$20,042,000
1 yrFuture$500,000
9 yrTotal$20,542,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 38 dOL Baseball Group1 year/$4M (2019), 2020 option

  • 1 year/$4M (2019), plus 2020 club option. Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 1/30/19. 19:$3.5M, 20:$7.5M club option ($0.5M buyout). 2020 option increases to $8M with 170 innings in 2019 or $8.5M with 180 IP in 2019. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 135, 145,, 155, 165, 175 IP.
  • 4 years/$12.5M (2014-17), plus 2018-20 club options. Signed extension with Texas 11/7/13. $1M signing bonus. 14:$0.75M, 15:$1M, 16:$2.9M, 17:$4.4M. 18:$6M club option, $2.45M buyout. 19:$7.5M club option, $0.75M buyout. 20:$9M club option, $0.25M buyout. Texas declined 2019 option 11/2/18.
  • 1 year/$0.492M (2013). Re-signed by Texas 2/18/13.
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Contract purchased by Texas 11/18/11. Re-signed by Texas 2/27/12.
  • Signed by Texas 7/2/2007 as amateur free agent from Venezuela. $0.58M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 1.8 1.4 0 5 5 39.9 37 13 27 4 .273 1.26 3.48 3.93 4.1 0.4
80o 1.8 1.5 0 5 5 35.2 34 13 24 4 .285 1.33 3.80 4.29 3.1 0.3
70o 1.7 1.5 0 5 5 31.8 32 12 22 4 .294 1.39 4.04 4.55 2.4 0.3
60o 1.7 1.6 0 5 5 29.0 31 11 20 3 .301 1.44 4.24 4.78 1.7 0.2
50o 1.7 1.6 0 5 5 26.5 29 11 18 3 .308 1.49 4.44 4.99 1.2 0.1
40o 1.6 1.7 0 5 5 24.0 27 10 16 3 .315 1.54 4.63 5.21 0.5 0.1
30o 1.6 1.8 0 5 5 21.4 25 9 15 3 .323 1.60 4.84 5.45 -0.1 0.0
20o 1.5 1.8 0 5 5 18.4 22 8 13 2 .331 1.66 5.09 5.72 -0.9 -0.1
10o 1.5 1.9 0 5 5 14.4 19 7 10 2 .344 1.76 5.44 6.12 -2.0 -0.2
Weighted Mean1.71.605526.12810183.3071.484.424.971.20.1

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2019-03-18 16:00:00 (link to chat)How much stock are you putting in the new and improved Martin Perez?
(justarobert from CA)
More intrigued than most spring training stories because of the velo increase. But I think of him as a last-round flier to be waived early on if Martin Perez turns out in fact to be Martin Perez. (Jon Hegglund)
2016-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Michael. What are the breakout (or breakdown!!) chances for pitchers such as Martin Perez, Kevin Gausman, Daniel Norris, James Paxton, Michael Pineda, Joe Kelly, Kyle Gibson, etc. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
(DJ from Dallas )
Already talked about Gausman. I think Paxton might get squeezed out of a surprisingly deep Mariners rotation. Pineda's already good, Gibson kind of is what he is at this point, as is Kelly, who in a just world would've moved to the bullpen full-time two years ago.
That leaves Perez, whom I've always been down on compared to what appears to be the consensus, and Norris, whom I like to bounce back if only because he's got an open rotation spot in Detroit, to say nothing of it being unlikely that he receives a surprise cancer diagnosis this year. (Michael Baumann)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Brendan!! What's the chance that Martin Perez has a breakout year this year?? Also, will Jurickson Profar get a chance to play somewhere other than middle infield?? Thanks for sharing your opinion.
(DJ from Dallas)
My pleasure. Staying low on Perez until he shows he can command the ball well for an extended stretch. For Profar, the natural spot was LF but Ian Desmond pretty well takes care of that. If he's healthy, he'll hit his way into an opportunity somewhere; just maybe not in Texas. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Super-pumped as a Rangers fan for Darvish and Hamels to lead the rotation (whenever Yu comes back, maybe mid-year). I'm concerned about Martin Perez and Chi-Chi Gonzalez - they both are really talented, but this year Chi-Chi was lucky and Martin less so. Do you think they can perform like mid/back-end starters next year?
(Mike from Texas)
I think the biggest problem that both guys have had is that they're giving up a lot of contact, even on pitches out of the zone. I think they still have some learning to do in terms of how to attack MLB hitters, but the raw talent is there for them to succeed. Just takes these kids some time more often than not. Back-end should be safe for next year with the chance for a mid-rotation guy between the two. (Jeff Long)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which SP returning from injury will have the biggest impact this season: Moore, Fernandez or Arroyo?
(klwillis45 from Milwaukee)
Fernandez will be #1. I'll go out on a limb and say Martin Perez will have a bigger impact than Matt Moore. Bronson Arroyo will have the biggest positive impact on opposing hitters' slugging percentages. #dingers (J.P. Breen)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)What are your projections for Martin Perez, assuming he recovers from his injury just fine? Any concern that he won't recover or is doing something to cause the injury with the way he is throwing?
(Paul from Texas)
He's always been a high-power low-stability guy, which increases the injury risk. He had made some positive adjustments over the past year prior to the injury, but his inconsistency was another concern. I don't expect him back til the 2nd half of the season, at the earliest, and I expect that he will have a bumpy road as he tries to rediscover his release point. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)I know this is not a prospect question but how do you explain Julio Teheran's relative dominance this year as opposed to the depressed scouting reports he was getting on the way up.
(Keji from Chicago)
Depressed is probably an overstatement. I think a lot of people suffered from prospect fatigue with Teheran. You probably remember seeing a lot of "ace" reports from the low minors. Then, he floundered a bit and didn't absolutely dominate like it was expected. Similar career path to Martin Perez in that regard. He's dominant because he's really freaking good. The slider is borderline unhittable this year, and I also really like the change. He may not be an "ace", but is a top of the rotation arm. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)does Martin Perez's mechanics look any better this year? whats his outlook for this year/future?
(Jake from Dallas)
He does look better, with marked improvements to both his balance and posture. He joins Bauer as part of a cadre of young arms that have made big improvements to their balance (both lateral and vertical) and posture at release point since 2013, a list that includes Yordano Ventura and Tyler Skaggs. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these in 14 tm fantasy: Jordan lyles, Robbie Erin, and James Paxton, or even Martin Perez(obviously have to wait for him to recover)?
(Victor from Dumfries)
Erlin, Paxton, Lyles and Perez... Perez has to be last with the TJ Surgery (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)To expand on the Meija question, who would you rather have between Martin Perez and Meija going forward?
(Colin from IL)
Oooh, that's close bc I really like Perez. I'd prefer more Ks, but I can't argue with the success. Mejia's upside is high because of said Ks, but I think Perez is the safer bet. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Martin Perez. Doesn't seem like he'll ever be the top of the rotation arm many thought he would be, but seems to have settled in as decent mid-rotation guy. any projection left or is this who he is?
(Jack from Mass.)
Still lots of projection left for him. He made some great improvements to his mechanics last season, and still has room for growth in the departments where he made gains (especially balance). The timing and repetition is the biggest dent in his armor, and those elements tend to get better as a pitcher progresses - the kid just turned 23 years old. Love the repertoire, so once he learns to repeat his timing (which should come with better balance) and find a consistent release point, then he will be able to take full advantage of his 4-pitch mix. He's just getting started.

On the jukebox: The Doors, "Soul Kitchen" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Martin Perez impressed me quite a bit with his last start, albeit against a less than impressive Phillies lineup. Do you think he can improve on his below average K-rate from last year?
(Stella from Kingham MS)
I do. His changeup is a true swing and miss pitch and sometimes breaking balls take time to develop - look at Julio Teheran and Kevin Gausman. He's still young, he was just good enough that he has to develop at the major league level. He's probably never an elite bat-misser but I love his fastball from the left side. I'm a fan. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Bret, besides Joe Mauer -- who is ending up on your team a lot this season? cheers, k
(Kurt from Tacoma)
Alex Gordon always winds up on a bunch of my teams. Same with Albert Pujols. Then in the later rounds, Martin Perez, Dustin Ackley and Derek Norris (where applicable). (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like best both short-term and long-term of Martin Perez, Wily Peralta, and Tyler Skaggs?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I like all three long-term, but I'd rank them Skaggs, Perez, Peralta. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)It pains me to have to ask, but can you please rank Eovaldi, Hutchison, Taylor Jordan and Martin Perez?
(Ken from LA)
Assuming they all start the season in the rotation: Perez, Jordan, Eovaldi, Hutchison. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like best as a potential late-rd lottery ticket- Martin Perez, Trevor Bauer, Brett Anderson, or Eraser (keeper lg)?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Perez or Eraser. Perez doesn't get much love, but I'm a fan! (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Based on what you saw as a prospect, do you think Martin Perez take another step forward in the bigs?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
His pure ability was always a little better than the performance that went with it. He's always looked like he should be great but in reality was just good (which is fine, by the way). He's still just 22 though so sure, there's always another possible step left to take. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have for this season, Martin Perez or Xander Bogaerts?
(PrestonH from Dallas )
Xander, but I skew towards MIFers who show any type of offensive promise. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)What SPs do you like to break-out in 2014?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Hmm. Just spit-balling, but I'll go with Corey Luebke, Felix Doubront, Martin Perez, Jacob Turner, Zach Lee and Ricky Nolasco as some guys who will outperform their draft slots. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Would you give up Martin Perez and Jurickson for me?
(Chris Sale from Chiraq)
No chance. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why are expectations so low for Jarrod Parker in Oak and Martin Perez in Tex?
(Matt from Jackson, Mi)
Parker just doesn't have the stuff to miss bats and get himseld out of jams. I think he's going to be a nice rotation piece that is extremely useful, so I'm not sure I would say those are low expectations. As for Perez, the inconsistency that has plagued him his entire career is a genuine concern, but I still think he finds a way to be a quality guy, and possibly a mid-rotation piece. (Mark Anderson)
2013-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Martin Perez never had the stats in the minor leagues to show he was ever going to make it in the majors, but last season he performed well in his first year proving all the "makeup" scouts raved about. Can he continue to get better, is this what we can expect from him, or was last year a fluke?
(Mlbeastmode from St. Louis)
Never underestimate a young pitcher's ability to improve, but never bank on it either. I was skeptical of Perez heading into last season, but he made the necessary adjustments to his delivery that allowed his stuff to also take a step forward in terms of effectiveness. The stats never really matched the raw, but he had mechanical barriers to his success that Perez overcame last season. So I wouldn't call last year a fluke, and he may just keep getting better. On the other hand, pitchers go through a natural deterioration of velocity over time, and he will need to keep making adjustments in order to find sustained success. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Jason. Who has higher upside between Martin Perez and Henry Owens?
(James Harden from Houston)
Martin Perez, without a doubt, in my eyes. Better command profile with better stuff. (Jason Cole)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chances any of Texas's J2 class this year play Stateside in 2014? Have you witnessed Diplan yourself? When is his arrival?
(Hightower from Texas)
I haven't seen any of them yet but imagine the high-priced ones are likely to be at instructs later this month, so I should be able to put an eye to them then. I'll be able to answer your question more accurately after my visit to instructs, but I think it's always somewhat likely that the high priced guys will start out in the AZL. Not always true – sometimes it's DSL and in the rare cases of Martin Perez, Rougned Odor, and Jurickson Profar it was Spokane – but it's generally AZL. (Jason Cole)
2013-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Martin Perez? He seems to have above average stuff, including mid-90s heat from the left side, but the results (mainly the Ks) seem to lag behind.
(The Dude from Office)
Perez has really improved his delivery over the past year, and he certainly has the raw stuff to miss more bats. Given his age and profile, I am optimistic that he can take another step forward, but his improvements in functional strength/balance/etc were necessary for him to make that leap. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much fun has it been for you seeing the steps forward Martin Perez has taken this year since you've covered him since he signed?
(Tex2045 from Augusta, Georgia)
Lots of fun. It's never been an issue of not caring. In fact, it's been the opposite. Perez often had a tendency to overthrow in the past, which would cause him to fly open in his delivery and led to side-to-side misses. Round Rock pitching coach Brad Holman told me that they simply had Perez take a deep breath between big pitches, and that helped him slow the game down and relax. As a result, everything worked a lot better. Funny how simple things can be, sometimes. Either way, he's looking like at least a no. 3 starter. The stuff is taking a slight step forward, the command has mostly been strong, and he's looking more and more confident with each start. If the Rangers reach the postseason, he may have to be one of the four starters, given this week's news on Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What doez the futur hold for Martin Perez? He seems good.
(Frank from Arlington)
He's good. COuld be a solid number three type that flashes more promise but fails to achieve the consistency of a frontline arm. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Regarding your post in the comments, what is Martin Perez doing differently now to warrant being hypothetically ranked in the 40s?
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
In the minors, he was once again shoving it like he did this ST before the injury. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tell people the truth you like your time in the northeast better than Texas.
(Zach Mortimer from New Jersey)
I saw Gray and Appel here during the amateur season (along with a number of other high picks), saw Wisler and Foltynewicz in San Antonio two and three days ago, and Martin Perez last night in Round Rock. I'm pretty happy with the amount of talent I see in this state! (Jason Cole)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How did Martin Perez look last night?
(Mario66 from Toronto)
Honestly it may have been the best I've ever seen him. He gave up some hits, but they were literally all bloopers/bleeders. Stayed within his delivery and commanded his fastball down in the zone, sitting 92-94 and getting 95-96 whenever he needed. Changeup was good, curveball was the sharpest I've seen it in a couple years, and he mixed in quite a few sliders as a fourth pitch. For me, he's a better rotation option than Justin Grimm and Josh Lindblom right now. (Jason Cole)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Perez, how do you think he has progressed mentally? It seems to me like he still suffers from the same problem as he did when he first started scuffling a bit in the minors. He kind of goes into the tank when he makes a mistake to a hitter.
(Lamp from Dallas)
Martin Perez: he absolutely progressed mentally last season, and it seems like he is continuing to progress mentally this year. That has been the only thing keeping him from reaching his ceiling, really.

I talked to Round Rock pitching coach Brad Holman after last night's game. He said the key is keeping Perez from throwing "emotional pitches," where he starts to overthrow and pulls himself off-line in his delivery, which leads to bad side-to-side misses. He's doing a much better job of staying within his mechanics right now, even when he's having to battle. Not a finished product there yet but it is certainly better. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Over/under 11.5 on Martin Perez's games started for the Rangers this year?
(BJBauer from Oakland)
Under, but I hope I'm wrong since I'm stashing him in a number of deeper leagues. Still a fan long term. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)When teams designate legends as special assistants (take the Rangers with Greg Maddux, Tony Fernandez, and Pudge Rodriguez) do you think it's more on the basis of projecting their ability to instruct, or for their value in giving prospects someone to look up to and strive to emulate?
(Or from Denton)
I think it can have several benefits. Obviously, giving a young prospect the opportunity to stand on the same field and receive instruction from a giant at that position carries a lot of weight. I've seen Alfaro around Pudge; Sardinas around Fernandez; Martin Perez around Greg Maddux. It means something to the kids. The other major positive is that these guys are also good teachers. That's not true of every former player or every special assistant, but the ones I just mentioned know how to listen and they know how to express themselves without getting overly didactic or alienating non-hall of fame level talent. I cant stress how great this is for the players. They might be on the field, but at heart they are just fans of the game as well, and when Greg Maddux gives you pointers about a grip or a few thoughts about a release, you listen and you love every minute of it. (Jason Parks)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Adam Eaton and Martin Perez injured, can the D-backs and Rangers send them down and place them on a minor league DL (while preventing service time), or because they were injured with the major league teams do they need to remain on the MLB DL?
(D from New York)
Major League DL, I believe. The example I have from covering the Astros is that when Sergio Escalona got injured in spring training last year and had to have Tommy John surgery, he ended up with a full year of service time and big league pay. (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Paul, love the book (and want the Relief Pitcher Guide next)! Is there any precedent for pitchers like Martin Perez and Henderson Alvarez -- high-end stuff, low-end strikeouts -- pulling it together to become stars, or does the track-record of not missing bats promise a low ceiling?
(edwardarthur from Illinois)
Thanks. I'm not sure those two are the same as Alvarez never really fanned guys whereas Perez has. My guess is there are tons of guys like that through history. I'm struggling to come up with some off-hand, but I doubt it's terribly uncommon. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Best career value: Felix Doubront, Martin Perez, or Kyle Gibson?
(Tom from GA)
Very tough. I'll say Gibson, but man that is difficult. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a Martin Perez guy?
(Justin from OK)
Sure. He's an attractive guy. Did he mention me? Did he ask you to talk to me? Don't hold anything back. What did he say? (Jason Parks)
2012-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm within 1 of multiple people in the HR and Win categories in a league. No one can catch me in the "conflicting" categories, like AVG or Hitter's strikeouts or Losses (which we have). Could you name 1 hitter and 1 pitcher you think most likely to hit a homer or win a game?
(SimplyFalco from Amherst)
Jonny Gomes is widely available, and if you have daily transactions, you'll get him against Martin Perez tonight. Wei-Yin Chen has pitched well against the Rays, is widely available, and pitches tonight, so he's a guy I'd gamble on. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Martin Perez ever puts it together how good can he be?
(Aaron from Dallas)
I'm not a prospect expert; I rely upon the work of and discussions with folks such as Kevin Goldstein, Jason Parks, Keith Law and the Baseball America team to get a sense of what a prospect can do now and what he may become eventually. The consensus appears to be along the lines of a number three starter with a chance to be a number two. That's a bit shy of what people thought a couple of years ago, but it would hardly be a shame, as even third starters don't grow on trees. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just wondering about Martin Perez and where you think his ceiling might be given the contrast between his tools and that the numbers never seem to back them up. Seems to be turning into Casey Kelly.
(Eric from Minneapolis, MN)
Well, he just turned 21 and is at least holding his own at AAA. I still trust the scouting reports more than the numbers in his case. With his stuff, his ceiling is still sky-high. (Ken Funck)
2012-03-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)Rangers top prospect Martin Perez recently asked Yu Darvish how he fared in his first intra-squad scrimmage. Darvish told him he pitched "OK" and then instructed his translator to ask Perez how old he was. Informed that Perez was 20, Darvish responded, "Tell him I already had a Cy Young by then." ------------- So, that Darvish guy has confidence, what about Martin Perez? What should we expect out of the Venezuelean this year and beyond?
(Dan from Colorado)
For me, the biggest issue for Perez is just finding more consistency. When he's on, he's REALLY on, but as Kevin Goldstein mentioned in his writeup of the Rangers system, his velocity goes in and out, and that gets him frustrated. I think he'd benefit from another full year in the minors, both from a consistency standpoint and to learn how to keep his emotions from getting the best of him on days when he doesn't have his best stuff. If he can do that, I could see him either as an elite reliever or No. 2 starter down the road. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think has the best group of young (25 & under) starting pitchers including prospects: ATL (Beachy, Minor, Hanson, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino, Spruill, etc.), TB (Moore, Price, Hellickson, Davis, Torres, Colome, Archer, Cobb, etc.), or TEX (Darvish, Holland, Harrison, Feliz, Neil Ramirez, Martin Perez, Robbie Ross, Cody Buckel, etc.)? Thanks.
(Kristen W. from Canada)
I'd take the Rays, given that they have the defending AL RoY and the guy who could win it this year, but Kevin Goldstein may disagree. That's no knock on the Rangers or Braves either... all three of these teams are in enviable positions in this regard. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-01-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is this the year that Martin Perez's prospect status needs to stop being rather heavily dependent on age-relative-to-league, or does he still have a few more years to be inconsistent on a start-to-start basis and put up (at times) mediocre results? In other words, how much of a hit will his ranking take if he puts up AAA stats this year similar to his 2011 AAA stats?
(Mario66 from Milwaukee)
I think it will take a signficant hit. I like Perez quite a bit, but it's time to perform. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aren't Manny Banuelos and Martin Perez essentially the same prospect?
(Taylor from Amarillo)
They are similar but not the same. I'd take Perez over Banuelos because I think his stuff has a little more bite to it. (Jason Parks)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, Has your opinion of Martin Perez changed at all coming into this year? Everything I read suggests he has the potential to become a true ace but he has continued to struggle in the minors, although he is still very young. Do you see him reaching his ceiling and do you see him pitching in Texas this season?
(bateman19 from Boston, MA)
He doesn't have the potential to be a true ace, but he could develop into a solid #2/3 type on a very good team. He was never going to be an ace. People jump the gun on that stuff all the time. Struggles can be a good thing, as it forces the pitcher to adjust in order to survive and flourish. Perez has a good chance of reaching a respectable ceiling as a big league starter, but he's not going to be an ace. (Jason Parks)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Give me a best case comp. for Martin Perez. Can he still be a big k, relatively healthy rotation anchor?
(SenatorsGuy from Mantana)
I don't like to force comps. Perez could be a very good number two starter on a championship level team if he hits his projections. Not everybody believes that, though. He is still very young, and he has the delivery and arsenal to pitch at a high level in the big leagues. Rotation anchor? Probably not. Big K? Probably not. Good starter at the very least? Probably. (Jason Parks)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Neil Ramirez start a game for the 2012 Rangers? Does Martin Perez?
(Or from Dallas)
Both will start at some point in '12. Unless one of them is traded in the off-season, which I wouldn't rule out. (Jason Parks)
2011-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Both small in stature, large in talent. Who do you like more? Martin Perez pitching at the Ballpark in Arlington or Robbie Erlin pitching at Petco?
(Trey from Frisco TX)
Perez is probably still the better pitcher, though his prospect luster is a little less, well, lustrous these days than it has been in the past. From an un-park-adjusted perspective, though (read: fantasy), I like Erlin better. A talented flyball guy pitching in the park that made Aaron Harang fantasy-relevant again? Yes, please. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances that Texas calls up Martin Perez to pitch out of the bullpen for the stretch run (esp. if they can't land another arm before the deadline)? Is that a stupid thing to do with a prized SP prospect, or a good way to get him ML experience w/ out torching his arm late in the year?
(MJ from Madison, Wis.)
Well, they did it with Neftali Feliz in '09. Jon Daniels has talked before about the "old school" nature of getting young pitchers feet wet in the bullpen. It's not far fetched at all, but I think they'll get an arm or two for the pen.

BTW, if they could get an impact starter, I wonder if they'd include Perez in a deal. They've said they won't move him for a reliever, but I would have to think that if a Jimenez (who I doubt gets moved, but Troy Renck still leaves chances at 20%) is available, they'd be willing to part with him. (Mike Ferrin)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any reports on Martin Perez? Numbers look good.
(conway from tennessee)
Stuff is certainly there, as he was up to 97 the other night. He's had one great start, and one so-so start, so we still need more consistency. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)I have these prospects in my 12 team 40 player dynasty league...Do I have to wait long for these guys? What is the progression on Martin Perez, A Hechavarria and W Flores? Thanks
(Matt from philly)
I'm punting this one to Kevin Goldstein, this is his area of expertise, not mine! (Cory Schwartz)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)John Lamb or Martin Perez?
(Mark from Belleville)
A. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Marc, great timing! From the Greinke rumors it appears that Anthopolous is reluctant to give up two out of Drabek, Lawrie and Snider and rolling the dice that Texas doesn't sweeten their offer and include both Profar and Martin Perez. Will the Yankees and Cliff Lee ultimately decide this and how do you see it playing out?
(chewbalka from Canada)
That last point sounds important. The Blue Jays are aware that it's an arms race in the AL East, and that talent has to be acquired through means other than free agency in order to keep the pace. If the Yankees get Cliff Lee and help to fix their thin rotation, then the Blue Jays need to respond, and will probably relent on giving up two of those players considering Texas will also need a replacement for Lee at that point. (Marc Normandin)
2010-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your current thoughts on Martin Perez? Stock down, or unchanged? (I'm assuming definitely not up...)
(Chris from MO)
Down, but not as much as his numbers might suggest. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)While I still think he's one of the best prospects in the game, it's pretty clear that Martin Perez hasn't yet made the adjustments needed to get AA hitters out. No crime, of course, given his youth. I think the process of learning to harness stuff as a kid moves up the levels would make for a great article, though, when you have free time...
(Mike from Paris, Texas)
I really like this idea, maybe even as just a piece on Perez' season itself. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Ryan Doumit of Zach Duke bring any kind of return worth getting excited about? Could both get Martin Perez?
(Joe from Altoona)
Zach Duke is the type of guy I see as maybe 4th or 5th prize for an acquiring team. He doesn't have too solid of an established track record to make anyone excited, and most teams have a viable 4th or 5th starter with equal potential or upside. Doumit is interesting, but I cannot see the Rangers giving anything remotely valuable up for him. I don't think Duke+Doumit gets Perez. (Eric Seidman)
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What had been Martin Perez's downfall so far this year? Age? Stuff? Command?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
Far more command than anything else. I wouldn't worry about it too much . . . yet. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)other than smoak and scheppers, are there any other rangers prospects you think could have an impact this year?
(tweedly from tx)
Impact? Probably not. I still think a Martin Perez sighting in Texas as a teenager isn't completely out of the question. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Similar to the past two requests, who should I be excited to see for the Roughriders other than Martin Perez and Scheppers?
(tweedly from tx)
Not a stacked roster by any means. Kasey Kiker is still worth a look of course, but that's going to be a weak, weak lineup. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Has Martin Perez accelerated his timetable so much that there's a reasonable chance he sees the big leagues this year? Or are the Rangers going to slow him down now and get him a full year at the upper levels?
(Jonathan from New York)
I've been told by people who now that Perez has every opportunity to earn a September look. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which pairing represents the silliest comp in the prospect hype machine from the last 12 months? A) Martin Perez & Johan Santana, B) Dee Gordon & Jose Reyes, C) Smoak & Teixiera, and D) Starlin & Hanley? Which is most realistic? I know you like to avoid comps yourself, but do see any now that just seem realistic (likely not my list of outlandish ones)? Thank you.
(Randy from Camden County)
I'm going of the board and picking the Dom Brown (Phillies) = Darryl Strawberry one. Easily the laziest of the current comps. Yes, he's LH, African-American, tall and lanky, but that's about it. Go look at what Daryl did at the same age as Brown. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)How large is the difference in ceilings between Manuel Banuelos and Martin Perez?
(Kyle from Austin, TX)
It's pretty sizeable, and I like Banuelos. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)RE: Joba Rules and Arlington, there hasn't been a more babied pitcher in baseball than Martin Perez.
(fjm(anuel) from NY)
Good point -- and bully for the Rangers' development staff. But let's see what happens in the heat of a pennant race. I'm hoping, for Neftali's sake, that caution flags will continue to fly for a few more laps. As a Cubs fan I've looked into the abyss, and had Dusty look back at me. (Ken Funck)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are Martin Perez's 2 poor outings at AA a result of nerves, better competition, him being exposed, a bit of everything, or merely a blip on the screen and domination will soon begin?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
I don't know about the nerves, but it was a tall order to begin with. I don't expect him to dominate Double-A hitters -- that would just be expecting too much. Just holding his own there would be an accomplishment. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Martin Perez have enough helium to be a top 10 prospect in baseball by years end?
(Will from Dallas)
Top 10? Absolutely not. (Kevin Goldstein)

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