Santiago Alberto Pérez
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Liceo Victor Estrella Liz
- Debut June 3, 2000
- Final Game July 1, 2001
- Born December 30, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, D.R.
Santiago Perez played in the majors in 2000 and 2001 and in the minors through 2006.
Originally signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1993 as an undrafted free agent, Perez never got higher than High-A ball in their organization, although he did display good speed, stealing 17 or more bases three times in his five seasons there.
On November 20, 1997, Perez was traded with Rick Greene and Mike Myers to the Milwaukee Brewers for Bryce Florie. He started off in Double-A baseball in 1998, but by the end of the season he had seen some time in Triple-A. He remained at the Triple-A level until June 3, 2000, which is when he made his big league debut with the Brewers at the age of 24. He went 0-for-2 in his first game, and he started his career off collecting only 2 hits in his first 11 at-bats. He collected his first hit off Valerio de los Santos. His season would not improve much after his poor start, in fact, it would basically stay the same. He ended up hitting .173 in 52 at-bats. He was however 100% successful in the stolen base department, stealing four bases in four attempts.
In the 2000-2001 offseason, the Brewers sent Perez with a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres for Brandon Kolb and another player to be named later. The two players to be named ended up being Will Cunnane from the Padres and minor leaguer Chad Green from the Brewers.
Although Perez was with a new team, his luck did not improve much. He played 43 games with the Padres in 2001, coming to the plate 81 times. He was involved in A.J. Burnett's no-hitter that year, obviously on the losing side. He went 0-for-1 (he struck out). Overall, he collected 16 hits for a .198 batting average - a slight improvement over the previous season, but still a poor average. July 1st ended up being the date of Perez's last game. He collected a walk in his only plate appearance in that game.
Although his big league career was over, his professional career was not. In fact, he was bouncing around the minor leagues as recently as 2005, and in 28 games with the Double-A Frisco Rough Riders in 2004, he hit .387. He was in Mexico in 2006.
Even though his major league career batting statistics were nothing near stellar - overall, he hit .188 with no home runs and 6 RBI in 133 career at bats - he was still a fairly valuable asset to have on the team, due to his defensive versatility. Not only did he play in all three outfield spots in his career, he also spent time at shortstop and second base. His career fielding percentage was .926.
He wore two numbers in his career - 57 and 1.