Delvin Pérez

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Delvin Pérez
St. Louis Cardinals
Shortstop
Born: (1998-11-24) November 24, 1998 (age 20)
Loíza, Puerto Rico
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Delvin Pérez Dippini (born November 24, 1998) is a Puerto Rican baseball shortstop in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Career[edit]

Pérez attended the International Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. He started playing shortstop at 14–15 years old after starting out as a pitcher.[1] During the fall of 2015 he played in the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in Jupiter, Florida.

Pérez was considered one of the top prospects for the 2016 MLB Draft.[2][3] He has been compared to Carlos Correa.[4] Leading up to the draft he received help from former MLB player Carlos Delgado.[5] Prior to the 2016 MLB draft, Pérez won the Most Valuable Player award in the Víctor Pellot Excellence Tournament, guiding his team to the championship by batting .556 (including several extra-base hits) and leading the tournament in RBIs and runs scored before the highest ranked prospects in Puerto Rico.[6][7]

One day before the 2016 MLB draft, media reports claimed that Pérez had failed a drug test for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). His agent, Melvin Román, was vocal in denouncing the news as gossip and insisted that his client had not failed any tests.[8] Pérez was selected 23rd overall in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2016 MLB draft. After signing, he made his professional debut with the GCL Cardinals where he batted .294 with a .745 OPS, along with 12 stolen bases. In 2017, Pérez began the season with the Johnson City Cardinals. However, after slashing only .140/.275/.186 in 13 games, he was demoted to the GCL Cardinals.[9] He returned to Johnson City in late July. In 34 total games between both clubs, he batted .203 with nine RBIs and five stolen bases. He spent 2018 with the State College Spikes, batting .213 with one home run, 21 RBIs, and eight stolen bases in 64 games.[10]

Pérez spent 2019 with the Peoria Chiefs,[11] with whom he was named a Midwest League All-Star.[12] Over 118 games, he slashed .269/.329/.325 with one home run, thirty RBIs, and 22 stolen bases.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Nuevo Día". elnuevodia.com.
  2. ^ "Puerto Rico showcase notes: Draft prospect Delvin Perez the real deal". espn.com. January 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Joven boricua se coloca entre los mejores prospectos de Grandes Ligas". primerahora.com. December 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Delvin Perez an elite Puerto Rican SS prospect". mlb.com.
  5. ^ "El Nuevo Día". elnuevodia.com.
  6. ^ "La Big League vuelve a dominar el Torneo de Excelencia". El Nuevo Día (in Spanish). May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Bryan Eloy García (May 11, 2016). "Delvin Pérez encabeza los valores del Torneo Excelencia" (in Spanish). BuzzerBeater.com. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Karla Pacheco Álvarez (June 10, 2016). "Feliz Delvin Pérez de ser escogido por los Cardenales". Primera Hora (in Spanish). Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  9. ^ https://www.ksdk.com/article/sports/mlb/cardinals/no-reason-to-panic-for-delvin-perez/456079516
  10. ^ "Delvin Perez Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Where will Nolan Gorman and other Cardinals top prospects be as the minor-league season begins?". ksdk.com. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.wilx.com/content/sports/Midwest-League-Announces-2019-All-Star-Game-Rosters--510870571.html

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