For a player that the Marlins were very intrested in the Cardinals got the prize when drafting Delvin Perez. In the weeks leading up to the draft, no infielder had more intrigue than 17-year-old Delvin Perez. Perez played his high school ball at Puerto Rico’s acclaimed International Baseball Academy, where reigning American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa hails from as well. The unfair comparisons between Perez and Correa seemingly started upon his enrollment, and while those lofty expectations are achievable for Perez, they are a lot less likely. Perez is a speed demon, some grading him as high as 70 on the scouting charts while MLB Pipeline has him at a grade of 60. This has helped Perez throughout his career both offensively and defensively. Arguably the best defensive first-round talent, only Nick Senzel projected as a higher infield draft prospect, and that was due to a big bat and experience. Armed with a canon of an arm, good instincts and the aforementioned speed that gives him outstanding range, Perez skyrocketed up the charts. Despite a bat that was a bit behind the defense-first shortstop, Perez exhibited all the tools needed to convince people he was a middle infielder for good.
He hit in 10 of his first 12 games, but the walks started to disappear and the strikeouts began to rise. He obviously could not sustain the success of his first two debut games and has cooled off quite a bit, but he is still putting up good numbers for someone who is three months shy of his 18th birthday.
He’s slashing .285/.342/.386 and putting that speed to good use with seven doubles, four triples and swiping 11 of 12 stolen base attempts. He could benefit from a raised ground ball-to-fly ball rate — currently at 1.10 — as he would surely be able to leg out a few more singles with a few more ground balls. His 27-to-10 strikeout-to-walk rate is alarming, but expected of a teenager adapting to professional ball. At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, it’s not out of the question that Perez will find some pop as he develops, but right now it is dormant. Improved swing mechanics and plate discipline could also help him learn how to wait out and drive his ball further.
He’s made 15 errors in his first 164 chances, which isn’t the stuff future Ozzie Smith’s are made of, but he has shown outstanding range thus far. There is no question that Perez is a work in progress, but the progress has been there.
The Cardinals made a very risky pick in Perez but it looks like it was also the right pick to add a very promising talent as an up and coming player
Source: Wayne Cavadi