PEORIA, Ariz.–Fernando Perez will be moving schools again, but he's already proven he's up to the challenge.
The third baseman from Otay Ranch High in Chula Vista, Calif., said he has enough credits to graduate early and will be enrolling at Central Arizona JC in January.
"I really want to challenge myself," Perez said. "So I want to go there and play with older guys and wood bats and the longer season."
Perez will share the left side of the diamond with an old friend. Central Arizona's shortstop, Jorge Flores, is also from Mexico and he and Perez played together when they were younger.
Changing schools and challenging himself is nothing new for Perez.
Originally from Ensenada, Mexico, Perez first started playing baseball when he was 8 years old. He said he comes from a baseball family–his father and uncle played semi-pro baseball in Mexico.
Perez's uncle knew Fernando had baseball talent and suggested that he move from Mexico to Southern California to live with him to get a better education and more exposure as a player.
After convincing his father that he was up for the challenge of learning a new language, Perez moved in with his uncle in the spring of 2010, for his sophomore season.
Perez did not speak any English when he moved to the U.S. but is fluent now.
"It was really hard," he said of the initial adjustment. "But what really helped me was summer ball. I play with the San Diego Show and my teammates didn't speak any Spanish, so they helped me out and I had to speak English for them to understand me and stuff."
Playing for Trosky Baseball at the Arizona Senior Fall Classic, Perez has an athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He has a smooth lefthanded swing with good bat speed and developing power. He shows solid actions at third base, a strong arm and is a fringe-average runner.
He joins a handful of other top high school players graduating early to enroll in college, though his situation is different because he'll still be draft-eligible in 2012 because he'll be at a junior college. The situation is also different than what Bryce Harper did two years ago because he's not graduating early so that he'll be draft-eligible a year earlier—Perez would have been draft eligible either way this year.
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