Perez promoted to Double A Frisco
The Rangers have promoted pitcher Martin Perez from Class A Hickory to Double A Frisco, bypassing Class A Bakersfield. With Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz at the Major League level, Perez is considered the top pitching prospect in the Rangers system.
Perez, 18, is 5-5 with a 2.31 ERA in 22 games, including 14 starts, for the Crawdads. He struck out 105 in 932/3 innings. He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games, including four starts, earning Minor League Pitcher of the Month for the Rangers.
Perez will make his first start at Tulsa on Wednesday.
He will be joined by second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is being assigned to Frisco on medical rehabilitation. Kinsler, who is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring muscle, is scheduled to play Wednesday and Thursday, and be activated on Friday when the Rangers return home to play the Red Sox.
The Rangers also announced on Tuesday that pitcher John Bannister has been claimed on waivers by the Kansas City Royals. He was designated for assignment last week when Esteban German had to be added to the 40-man roster.