Franklin Perez

Team: Houston Astros
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Entered League: International Signing 2014
Signing Bonus: $1,000,000

FBGM Summary – 9/5/2016

Franklin Perez (#11 prospect) has made solid, gradual progress since signing for $1,000,000 in Summer 2014. He has continued to develop, adding a few ticks to his fastball since being signed and now displaying two off-speed pitches with MLB-potential. At just 18, Perez has a number of years before sniffing MLB, but now is the time to pick him up in leagues. John Sickels’ B- rating in the spring no longer seems aggressive. Franklin Perez has now started showing up in MLB-wide rankings. If he continues to progress and demonstrate an ability to perform consistently in full-season ball, we may see, similar to Frances Martes, another pop-up Astros pitching prospect.

Article Title: MLB Top 200 Prospects (August 2016)
Author: Bobby Sylvester
Publication: FantasyPros
Publication Date: August 4, 2016
Rank / Grade: #173 (MLB)
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Article Title: Houston Astros Top 20 prospects for 2016
Author: John Sickels
Publication: Minor League Ball
Publication Date: February 28, 2016
Rank / Grade: B-
Relevant Excerpts:

“Fastball, curve, change all very promising, may have three plus pitches it time and already throws strikes”

from comments:

“threw 88-91 when signed but was up to 92-94 at times last summer”

“already has clean mechanics and generally solid command”

“instincts say be bold with this one…likely first round pick at age 18 if eligible for 2016 MLB draft”

Article Title: Franklin Perez, RHP
Author: John Manuel (Editor)
Publication: Baseball America Prospect Handbook
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Rank / Grade: 55 | Risk=Extreme
Relevant Excerpts:

“big-breaking curveball is a trusty out pitch and he’s shown a feel for his changeup”

“with two present quality pitches and an ability to throw strikes…mid-rotation starter with the chance to be even more than that”

Article Title: 2016 TCB Readers Top 30 Astros Prospects
Author: Ryan Dunsmore
Publication: The Crawfish Boxes
Publication Date: February 10, 2016
Rank / Grade: #31 (Houston Astros organization)
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Article Title: Houston Astros Top 20 Prospects 2015
Author: Daniel Levitt
Publication: Baseball Hot Corner
Publication Date: January 23, 2015
Rank / Grade: #15 (Astros organization)
Relevant Excerpts:

“fastball that has topped 93 mph, and a curveball-changeup combo that also has the projectability of being a major-league offering”

Article Title: Astros Sign No. 15 International Prospect Franklin Perez
Author: Ben Badler
Publication: Baseball America
Publication Date: July 2, 2014
Rank / Grade:
Relevant Excerpts:

“fastball touching low-90’s. With his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, he should be throwing in the mid-90s or higher eventually”

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