By Ryan "Scoop" Fox
Welcome back to another edition of ‘Know Thy Enemy’ with your host, Scoop Fox. Today we take a look at the Syracuse Chiefs’ own Eury Perez. According to MLB.com, Perez is the 3rd top ranked outfielder in the Nationals’ farm system in 2013 and 7th overall out of the entire farm system. Currently he’s the only prospect out of the top 10 to be at the Triple-A level.
Unlike most of the prospects on the list, Perez was actually signed as an undrafted free agent from San Luis, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic back in 2007. He most of his time down in the Gulf Coast League before getting called up to Syracuse in 2012 and then to Washington on September 1, 2012 to pinch run in a game.
In 2013, Perez participated in the World Baseball Classic for his home country. However he went 0-1 with a strikeout in 2 games. Afterwards, Perez participated in spring training with the Nationals, going 8-23 (.348 BA) with 6 Ks, and 2 SBs in 8 games of play. So far in the 2013 season in Syracuse, Perez has participated in 32 games, going 47-147 with a .320 BA, hit 2 HRs and drove in 8RBIs with 8 SBs. He currently has the Syracuse Chiefs franchise record of most consecutive games with a hit with 23-games from August 12, 2012 to April 9, 2013 as well as has a second double-digit hitting streak of 14-games from April 30th to May 27th.
In scouting terms, Perez will not wow anybody with any sort of power hitting. However what makes him deadly is his ability to make contact on the bat and to be able get on base. Once there, Perez displays impressive speed and base running ability, swiping 8 stolen bases in 11 attempts. A good comparison to for Perez would be a Carl Crawford during his earlier days in Tampa Bay.
Should Perez continue his high-level of play, you can see him in the outfield along with the Nationals young phenom Bryce Harper. With Bryce’s power combined with Perez’s speed, you can bet that the Nationals outfield will bring the team future success in the National League East.
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