This is the latest in a growing line of injury woes for Perez, whom shoulder and lat troubles have hampered throughout his professional career. As a result, Perez has thrown only 27 minor league innings in the Detroit organization since it acquired him from Houston in a 2017 blockbuster centering on ace Justin Verlander.
It was easy to see why the Tigers wanted Perez as part of their return when the Verlander deal occurred. He was a highly regarded and productive prospect with the Astros who then topped out as Baseball America’s 35th-ranked farmhand and No. 1 in the Tigers’ system in 2018. BA wrote then that Perez didn’t seem far away from joining the Tigers, and it contended he could have a future as a mid-rotation starter. Unfortunately, that hasn’t come to fruition yet for the 23-year-old, who hasn’t climbed above the High-A level since Detroit landed him. BA now places him a much less promising 28th in the team’s system.
Perez is on the Tigers’ 40-man roster right now, though it remains to be seen whether he’ll keep his spot in the wake of his latest setback. As Woodbery points out, Perez is in his final option season, which will make it even more difficult for him to stay in the organization heading into 2022.