Michael Perez

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Michael Perez

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Catcher Michael Perez was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks before the 2011 season. He made slow progress through the organization, starting with two seasons in Rookie Ball in 2011 and 2012, then splitting 2013 between the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League and Visalia Oaks of the California League. He did well enough in South Bend, hitting .247 in 46 games, but he struggled to a .173 average in Visalia. He was back in South Bend in 2014 where he hit .238, but with 21 doubles and 9 homers, in 98 games. 2015 was back to splitting time between the Midwest League and California League, this time with a new D-Backs affiliate the Kane County Cougars and Visalia. He hit .224 in Kane County, but only .188 in 34 games in the California League.

Just like it looked he had stalled in Advanced A, he finally made it out of the level in 2016, when he hit .256 in 47 games in Visalia, and finished his season in the AA Southern League where he hit .205 in 39 games for the Mobile Bay Bears. In 2017, he had perhaps his best year to date with the bat, this time with the Jackson Generals of the Southern League: in 80 games, he hit .279/.365/.424, and went 4-for-9 with a homer in a brief promotion to the AAA Reno Aces. In 2018, he was hitting .284 in 58 games for Reno when on July 25th he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays along with P Brian Shaffer in return for P Matt Andriese. He was immediately called up to the majors and made his debut on July 26th when he went 1 for 2 with a double as the starting catcher against the Baltimore Orioles.

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