Reds Sign Jonathan Perez For $825,000
Posted Jul. 19, 2011 1:20 pm by Ben Badler
Filed under: International, News
The Reds have agreed to terms with 16-year-old Venezuelan righthander Jonathan Perez for $825,000, according to an international source.
Perez, who is 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, has a projectable body, a good delivery and an improving fastball that has touched 90 mph. Perez's complete scouting report is available to Baseball America subscribers.
@BenBadlerA scout just told me that new Reds Venezuelan RHP Jonathan Perez has been up to 92 mph recently. Fastball keeps improving
I like this signing.
Never a bad thing to add a good young arm to the fold and if they're giving him a 1st/2nd round bonus I guess they must consider him as such.
Reds control him for 6 years don't they before he becomes a minor league free agent if not on the roster?
I know I'm jumping way ahead, but I just get nervous about signing 16 year olds, since you may have to decide on them by only age 22.
Still, with that size at that age, he sounds intriguing.
(And if my assumption about how long the Reds can keep him is wrong, please let me know)
That's some big money right there. Anyone have an idea of how he ranked among the Venezuelan pitchers? Does he only get six years to develop before he is a free agent?
Think about it this way, starting today:
Age 16: Venezualan Summer league
Age 17: Extended Spring training, Arizona fall league
Age 18: Extended Spring Training, Billings
Age 19: Full season in Dayton
Age 20: Full season in High A
Age 21: Repeat a level somewhere along the way
there's 6 seasons right there, now at the age of 22, they can put him on the 40 man roster and give him a full season in AA
Age 22: Full season in AA, 1st option burnt
Age 23: Full season in AAA, 2nd option burnt
Age 24: Full season in AAA, cup of coffee in the majors
Age 25: In the show, or released.
There's an awful lot of time and development before the Reds officially have to have him on the big league squad for good. The odds he makes it that far are pretty small to begin with, but it sounds like its a gamble worth taking.
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Interesting update from Fay's blog:
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, asked by The Enquirer if an agreement had been reached, replied via text message:
“Not to my knowledge, and I’m sure I would have known about it.”
There are at least two scouting videos on Youtube, if you do a search for Jonathon Perez.
"I got all of it ... I crushed that ball ... and it BARELY cleared the outfield wall. I settled into my home run trot ... then I realized I didn't even have a home run trot." - Bob Uecker
I believe this is the most money they've ever given to an international pitcher, of course aside from Chapman.
The only other two that come to mind are Ismael Guillon, who I believe signed for much less (especially after reworking his deal due to injury), and Michael Ynoa, who famously turned down the Reds to sign with the A's.
I assume Perez was a top 5 arm in this year's international class? Regardless, it's good to see- assuming of course he actually signed.
Venezuela's top July 2nd pitching prospect, Victor Sanchez, remains unsigned. To follow all the rumors on Venezuelan ballplayers in Spanish, check out our peloteros venezolanos category over at Rumores de Béisbol
No Agreement Finalized Between Reds, Perez
By Tim Dierkes [July 19 at 4:11pm CST]
4:11 pm: Reds GM Walt Jocketty told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer there's no agreement as far as he knows. "And I’m sure I would have known about it,” Jocketty added.
2:24 pm: The Reds signed 16-year-old Venezuelan righty Jonathan Perez for $825K, reports Baseball America's Ben Badler.
BA's scouting report says Perez has a projectable body that will allow him to add velocity, although he's already touched 92. His curveball and changeup need polish, but that's to be expected for someone his age.
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