The number 1 overall Miami Marlins prospect and number 10 prospect in Major League Baseball, according to mlb.com, Eury Perez is being called up to the big leagues from double-A Pensacola. The impressive 6'8'' 220 pound pitcher is expected to start on May 12th to open the series with the Reds in loanDepot park. The Marlins are struggling with pitching and Johnny Cueto's continued presence on the Injured List made the move possible, giving the recently turned 20 year old the honor of being the youngest pitcher to play in a game in franchise history.
Eury Perez has had a meteoric rise through the minor leagues, starting in 2021 he pitched for Jupiter. Over the course of 15 starts he compiled a 2-and-3 record with a 1.61 ERA and an even more impressive 0.95 WHIP and fanning 82 over 56 innings. Perez was then promoted for five starts to high A to Beloit where he went 1-and-2 over 22 innings with a 2.86 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. In 2022 he had a brief two inning start in Jupiter again and then pitched 75 innings over the course of 17 starts in Pensacola, posting a 4.08 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP while going 3-and-3 and striking out 106.
To start this season, Perez was again in AA Pensacola and made huge strides as compared to his 2022 performance, which was not in any way poor. Perez has started 6 games this year and over 31 innings has struck out 42 with a 2.32 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. Eury Perez' rise has been quick, not as quick as some like the 60 days in between the draft and playing in the big leagues for Chris Sale, but he is hopping over AA entirely to get to start on Friday.
What should fans expect to see from Perez' arsenal? The right-hander's fastball hovers in the mid-90s and tops out at 100, which is complimented by his plus changeup in the upper 80s. Perez also has a decent slider and a curveball but he will likely stick with his fastball and use his silder and change-up to compliment his placement and speed of his fastball In his last start on the seventh Perez struck out nine using both the fastball and slider equally as an out pitch with only one use of the change-up. It'a hard to predict how the starter who has Sandy Alcantara as his mentor will fare but the Reds are a great team to start his career against, and I think you will see a solid 5 innings with 7 strikeouts and only one run allowed, but don't hold me to that, just a hopeful guess. Either way, welcome to the bigs young man!