It’s taken some time for the results to match up with the stuff since Martin Perez came to Triple-A Round Rock last July. What’s easy to forget is that Perez, who turned 21 in April, is still the youngest pitcher in the Pacific Coast League, and he’s once again the league’s youngest player overall now that Mike Trout, who’s four months younger, has moved up to the majors.
The Rangers lefthander had his best outing of the season on Monday, throwing seven innings against Memphis and giving up just one run on four hits. The seven innings made for his deepest outing in 17 Triple-A starts, going back to last year. He needed just 86 pitches to get there, throwing 60 for strikes and picking up his third win to improve to 3-2, 3.98.
Perez has held opposing hitters to a .208 average, allowing 30 hits in 40 2/3 innings, a vast improvement over the .343 average Triple-A hitters posted against him last year. He’s also been tough on both lefties (batting .190 against him) and righties (.221). The missing component so far? Strikeouts. Perez had just four in seven innings yesterday and has just 25 on the season to go with 16 walks, though he issued just one Monday.