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Juan Carlos Perez

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Juan Perez came to the majors in 2013.

Perez hit .465 with 37 homers and 102 RBI in junior college in 2008, after two years in an independent league (the La Caribe Baseball League). The San Francisco Giants, behind scout Todd Thomas, took the junior college star (he was one homer shy of the junior college record) in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He hit .244/.283/.383 as a 2B-OF for the 2009 Augusta Greenjackets in his minor league debut and stole 18 bases in 22 tries. The 2013 Giants Media Guide lists him as making the South Atlantic League postseason All-Star team but other sources do not confirm this.

Perez made good progress in 2010, batting .298/.337/.472 with 37 doubles, 10 triples, 13 homers and 83 runs for the San Jose Giants. He was only 17-for-32 in steal attempts. Moving to the outfield full-time, he registered 17 assists and led California League outfielders with five double plays (tied with Jeremy Barfield). He was among the Giants minor league leaders in doubles (3rd behind Brandon Belt and Thomas Neal), triples (tied for third with Belt) and caught stealing (tied for third with Ehire Adrianza and Darren Ford). In the California League, he tied Jimmy Cesario for fourth in triples, was fifth in doubles and tied Adrianza for third in caught stealing (behind Francisco Peguero and Jay Austin). He doubled, homered and drove in two to win MVP of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game. He was just 6 for 37 in the Cal League playoffs but San Jose still won the league pennant.

With the 2011 Richmond Flying Squirrels, he produced at a .256/.303/.381 clip, with 10 triples and 22 steals in 28 tries. He hit .214 in the playoffs. He did tie Chris Rahl for the Eastern League lead in three-baggers, also finishing second among Giants farmhands in that department (behind Gary Brown). In the Dominican Winter League, he did well for the Aguilas Cibaenas, at .290/.320/.389. He was 9th in the loop in average (between Ricardo Nanita and Diory Hernandez), first in outfield putouts (361), second in doubles (10, one behind Hernandez) and second in steals (13, one behind Eury Perez).

Back with Richmond in 2012, Perez did far better than in 2011, hitting .302/.341/.441 with 26 doubles. He again had a poor steal rate (18 SB, 15 CS). His 13 assists were second among Eastern League outfielders and his 5 double plays were first. He was 8th in the EL in average (between Cesar Hernandez and Niuman Romero). He hit .280/.331/.440 for the 2012-2013 Aguilas and was among the Dominican League's leaders in doubles (12, tied for second, one behind Anderson Hernandez) and runs (27, tied for 4th with Eugenio Velez and Oscar Taveras). He started 2013 strong with the Fresno Grizzlies (.296/.331/.507, 9 HR, 12 SB, 2 CS, 35 R, 34 RBI in 57 G) while playing some shortstop as well.

He was called up to the majors when Ángel Pagán went on the DL. In his MLB debut, he started in center field and hit 7th in a 6-2 Giants win over Arizona. He was retired by Tyler Skaggs in the first, but singled in Hunter Pence in the third. Skaggs retired him again in the 5th. In the 7th, he left for pinch-hitter Tony Abreu.

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