Minor Moves: Pirates Re-Sign Clario Perez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed right-handed pitcher Clario Perez. He became a minor league free agent this off-season after spending the first seven years of his pro career in the Pirates’ system. Despite the length of his career, Perez just turned 23 at the end of August. He was signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in March of 2009.

When we announced the new minor league free agents earlier this month, I wrote this about Perez:

<<Clario Perez was signed by the Pirates in March 2009 and put in seven seasons in the organization. It looked like he could possibly be on his way to getting added to the 40-man roster after dominating out of the Bradenton bullpen with a fastball that hit 93-94 consistently, but he did not finish well with Altoona. At 23 years old, he is a player they probably would like to re-sign.>>

Perez had a 1.79 ERA in 50.1 innings with Bradenton this season, striking out 45 batters. He also had a .178 BAA and a 1.41 GO/AO ratio. After moving up to Altoona in late June, he had a 3.89 ERA over 34.2 innings. Perez still had a strong .235 BAA, but his strikeouts and ground ball rate both went down. He is young enough and has a good enough arm that he still has potential and isn’t a roster filler.

  • Jim Johnson would have been a nice move IMO.

  • Interesting list of potential non-tender candidates on MLBTR. In addition to Pedro, it includes Brandon Moss, Ike Davis, and Brett Wallace as LH 1B. Moss is projected at $7.9 million, Ike $3.8 MM, and Wallace $1.1 MM. Moss is a lot surer bet than Pedro, and the other two are equally lottery ticket types.

    Also of interest as NT candidates are Jeff Locke and Vance Worley.

    • terrygordon30
      December 1, 2015 2:34 am

      Considering how badly Baltimore needs starters, I do not see Worley being non-tendered.

    • I wonder exactly how much of a “sure bet” Moss actually is right now in his career. Coming off a .6 WAR season with 1 WAR projections making what Pedro will make. Seems like he’s Pedro-like on offense with better defense….unless Pedro improves a bit and then they are both below average but not god awful.

  • Does he start out in Altoona and then move to
    Indy when “the prospects” move to Pittsburgh
    in June?

    • His high for innings in any year prior to 2015 was 68. Therefore, it is possible he was tiring after pitching 50 innings at Bradenton and doing very well, and then adding another 35 innings at Altoona where he struggled. I’d like to see how he does fresh at AA to start 2016.

      • Agreed. He benefited from some good luck in A+ ball (BABIP of .221 isn’t repeatable) but his K/BB ratio there was pushing 4/1 and that’s nothing to sneeze at at any level. He may have a future in the bullpen in PGH.

    • I think he starts the year at Altoona and then moves up based on performance. Since the prospects are in the rotation, then he won’t be blocked in the bullpen if/once he is ready

  • An excellent move by the Pirates to re-sign this kid. Will he become a minor league FA again next year if he does not make the 40?

    • I would assume so, very rarely do you see two-year contracts in the minors unless the player is hurt long-term when they sign them.