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Wenceel Perez

Born: 10/30/1999 (Age: 22)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 203
Primary Position: 2B
Extra-Large frame, athletic, physically mature.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 08/01/2022
Dates Seen Multiple 2019, 2021, 2022
Affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps (High A, Tigers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2023 High 40 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Perez has made significant mechanical changes since my first looks in 2019. He's closed the stance, removed much of the pre-swing noise, and incorporates his lower half much more efficiently. He's a competent switch hitter, showing solid bat-to-ball skills from both sides of the plate. The approach has improved greatly since his first season at West Michigan. He looks for pitches to drive now instead of the weak ground balls that plagued him early in his career. Spin recognition, once a weakness, has improved and he now shows the ability to jump on off-speed that gets too much of the plate.
Power 50 Good weight was added during the offseason as he added muscle and became a more physical player. The swing is still geared more for contact and lacks leverage but the physical strength and plus bat speed will produce plenty of doubles and an average amount of home runs.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Slightly above-average foot speed, 4.16 clock home to first from the left side. Quick to accelerate, he'll steal the occasional base. Should settle in at average speed as he ages.
Glove 50 Lacks the range for shortstop but shows solid instincts in the field. Soft hands and quick transfers will make him a slightly above average defender at second base.
Arm 40 Lacks the arm strength for the left side of the diamond, which will limit him to second base.

Perez came into West Michigan as a hyped prospect but quickly looked overmatched. Velocity would knock the bat out of his hands and he was often fooled by mediocre off-speed. He's come back this year in much better shape and actually looks like he has a game plan when he comes to bat now. He's hitting hard line drives to all fields now and shows the ability to adjust at the plate. The defensive liabilities will limit his ceiling but his offense should get him some major league at-bats in the future.

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