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NOTE This is the page for the major league player named Rafael Perez. For minor league players with the same name please click here.
Rafael Jerome Perez
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 185 lb.
 Biographical Information
Rafael Perez was signed by Cleveland Indians scout Rene Gayo in 2002. He played for the DSL Indians 1 that year before coming stateside in 2003. He made his major league debut early in the 2006 season and pitched for the Indians every year until 2012. he was exclusively a reliever in the major leagues, making 70 or more appearances in three of those seasons - 2008, 2010 and 2011 and making a total of 338 appearances in 7 seasons. He was used primarily in middle relief and picked up only 3 saves over that span, but his record was a solid 21-12, thanks in large part to back-to-back seasons of 6-1 and 5-2 in 2010 and 2011. He had a composite 3.64 ERA, including an outstanding 1.78 in 2007. In fact, apart from a blip in 2009 when his ERA ballooned to 7.31 in 54 games, he constantly maintained decent ERAs.
He pitched for the Indians in the 2007 postseason, picking up a win over the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS. However, he was hit hard by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 ALCS, as he gave up 8 runs on 7 hits in only one inning of work in three outings.