Jun 262012
Martin Perez

Top Ranked Prospect, Martin Perez, called up to Texas today

Fellow 23-year-olds, Grimm (left) and Ross, will be joined by 21-year-old Martin Perez tonight.

Late last night—or early this morning, depends on your perspective—the Texas Rangers’ number one pitching prospect was called up.

He will join the Rangers’ bullpen for tonight’s game against the Detroit Tigers.

Perez, a 6’ 180-pound lefthander from Venezuela, has long been one of the top prizes of a Rangers’ organization that has an embarrassment of riches.

His status had slipped slightly in recent farm system due to the rapid rise of Double-A Frisco’s Jurickson Profar, a shortstop often compared to current Ranger Elvis Andrus.

In Perez’s two seasons at Triple-A Round Rock, he had struggled at times, going 9-9 with a 5.26 ERA.

However, Perez had been stellar in his last two Triple-A starts. He’s won both starts while allowing just two runs on four hits over his 16 innings of work.

It looks as though Perez might just be a temporary move used to beef up the bullpen since both Mark Lowe (3 IP last night) and Michael Kirkman (5 IP) were burned up after Justin Grimm was pulled after just one-plus innings of work in last night’s 8-2 loss to Detroit.

Martin Perez is Baseball America’s number 31 prospect prior to the 2012 season. Originally scheduled to start tonight for Round Rock, Perez, like Kirkman, can provide depth to both the bullpen as well as the starting rotation, should a spot-start be needed in the future.

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