Prospects on Deck: Marlins – Eury Perez, RHP
The Miami Marlins, dipped into the International market in the summer of 2019 and came out with a gem of a pitcher as they signed right handed free agent Eury Perez. There are reports that since his signing, he has grown to a height of 6’8″, which gives him a menacing presence on the mound reminiscent to Randy Johnson.
The Dominican native started his pro career in 2021 with an outstanding 1.96 ERA, 108 strike outs, in 78 innings pitched, through 20 starts. He started 15 games for the Low A Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League and five starts with High A Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League West.
In his debut with Jupiter, he tossed three innings of one hit baseball, walking one and striking out four. In his next six starts, he gave up a combined one earned run on 11 hits, with 30 strike outs through 22 innings pitched. He then had an 11 strike out game with the Hammerheads and two days later was starting for High A Snappers.
In his debut with Beloit, he threw five innings, without allowing an earned run, gave up three hits, and struck out six batters.
In 2022, the Marlins promoted Perez to Double A Pensacola Blue Wahoos and in his first three starts he struggled giving up 10 earned runs, through 12 innings pitched. But in his fourth start, Perez threw a one hit shutout through five innings, while striking out 12 batters.
That one start was what the 2022 Marlins #1 Prospect and MLB #9 Top Prospect needed to continue his success in the minors. He finished the season with a 106 strikeouts, through 75 innings pitched, spanning 17 starts, with opponents only batting .223 against him.
With the 2023 Top Prospects list yet to be announced by MLB, there is little doubt that Perez will once again be the Marlins top guy and should move up the MLB Top list as a few names start the season with their respective MLB clubs.
The Marlins have a surplus of starters which allowed them to move Pablo Lopez to the Twins in exchange for reigning AL Batting Champ Luis Arraez. That move may even allow them to flirt with the idea of promoting Perez to the majors, and by all accounts, that may happen this summer.