Earlier this month the Rangers chose to give Double-A prospect Justin Grimm a chance in their injury wrecked rotation instead of turning to more highly touted Triple-A prospect Martin Perez, but now they’re both in the big leagues.
Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Perez has been called up to make his MLB debut at age 21 after ranking as the game’s 31st-best prospect according to Baseball America coming into the season.
Perez’s stock has slipped some since then, as he posted a 4.59 ERA and terrible 49/38 K/BB ratio in 84 innings at Triple-A after also struggling there in the second half of last season. For now he seems destined to work out of the bullpen, which makes the call-up even more curious considering Perez has been a full-time starter for his entire career.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.