I guess I forgot him because everyone else seems to have forgotten him too.
Sergio Perez, RHP, age 24, was picked in the second round of the 06 draft. He threw 16 good innings at A ball that year, then, well, let’s say, wasn’t as good in high A in 07 – 25 GS over 128 IP – 4.00 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 9 H/9 IP, 0.6 HR/9, 2.6 BB/9 and 6.5 K/9.
He was hurt most of last year, but threw 27 reasonable innings at AA, 2.30 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 3 HR, 8 BB, 18 K.
He had a groin injury in April, came back in May, then fractured his little finger at the end of the month, then threw 9 innings in relief at the end of August.
He pitched in the AFL this winter, started 7 games, threw 23 innings with an ERA of 3.52 with a 1.61 WHIP: 26 H, 2 HR, 11 BB, 15 K and 6 HBP. Well, it IS an extreme hitters’ league…
(By the way, Bud Norris also pitched, relieved in 12 games over 19 IP – 14 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 14 K – 1.89 ERA, 1.42 WHIP. And Brad James pitched as well, only not very well – started 1 game and relieved in 7 more over 11 IP – 19 H, 3 HR, 5 BB, 12 K: 10.64 ERA, 2.18 WHIP)
Needless to say, Sergio needs a leeeeetle bit more seasoning before talking about him helping the ML team this year. I would guess he’ll start the year in AA again, and hopefully, if he does well, he’ll be promoted to AAA, even if we have to DFA/release one of the myriad el-crappo AAA lifers we have hanging around. Because his arm/shoulder haven’t been injured, I have at least SOME hope that he will be able to do well this year.
And hopefully, he won’t be traded away for yet some more crappy middle relievers.