Unlike Pat Venditte of the Yankees, who throws much harder with his right arm and significantly slower with his left, Perez can hit 90 MPH with both his left and his right arms. His impressive repertoire hardly stops there, either; he also throws a change, curve and cutter from both sides and shows advanced control for a high-school pitcher. He also can throw side-armed from both arms, although he rarely does it.
According to an article for CBS, Perez will start games with his left hand and change to his right later in games because he feels his right arm is more dominant and he likes to close down games right-handed. However, when the lineup calls for it, he will sometimes face one batter righty and the next lefty and so forth. While he is not allowed to change arms in the middle of at bats, he can and does from batter to batter and certainly from inning to inning.
Perez has found quite a bit of success with his crafty approach and impressive arsenal as well. Perez’s stats from last year included a 9-1 record, a 1.56 ERA and 131 Ks in 63 innings while sharing time at third and short (he throws right-handed while in the field). I know this isn’t Sun Belt competition, but those numbers are ridiculous.
Next up on this series of posts will feature a slugging high school catcher from right here at home in