Three years ago Chris Perez was an All-Star closer, but now the 29-year-old right-hander has opted out of a minor-league deal with the Brewers after struggling at Triple-A.
Perez posted a 9.39 ERA in six appearances for Triple-A Colorado Springs, with more walks (4) than strikeouts (3) and 18 baserunners allowed in 7.2 innings. Last season as a middle reliever for the Dodgers he had a 4.27 ERA and 39/25 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.
Even at his peak, when Perez was saving 123 games for the Indians from 2010-2013, his control was always shaky. Now that his raw stuff and velocity have declined he just doesn’t offer a whole lot, although he’s still young enough to get back on track at some point.
Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.
Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.
Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.