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.


Now here’s promise! MP has move forward faster than Holland or Feliz, at his age. I’m spending some bucks to see him pitch @ Frisco. He’s the real deal, even at 18 y/o—-WOW!!!

Considering how his outing went, I’m glad I didn’t take off work early and make the 2.5 hour drive to Tulsa, but I think he’ll be fine in the long run with this promotion. He’s got the stuff to succeed at that level. You can’t blame him for being nervous. That had to be a huge part of his problem. Falling behind 11/18 isn’t what you’re going to see out of him often.

I went to the game on Wednesday. He struggled to throw strikes (probably due to nerves), but he wasn’t hit hard save for the home run that he gave up. Most of the damage came from little grounders or flares. Ian could have helped him out quite a bit by making a few plays. He definitely had a little rust.

Still, some of his pitches were sensational. He made a few guys look pretty foolish up there. I’m pretty excited about his ability to miss the meat of the bat and pull the cord with his secondary pitches. I think he’ll ease in just fine. His numbers indicate he was clearly ahead of the rest of the Low-A league.

I’m thinking about going to see Beavan pitch tonight. I’ve been really shocked with his lack of dominance at any level. He just seems to be getting by.

While we at it, does anyone know what happened to Michael Main?

Main was diagnosed with an unamed virus that left him drained of energy and unable to exert himself without extreme fatigue, at least partially explaining his poor Cal-league performance. He was originally mis-diagnosed with mono, but that was later ruled out along with hepatitis A, B and C. He was basically prescribed rest to build his immune system back up. He’s expected back in Arizona on August 20th to prepare for the fall instructional league. The lost season, developmentally, sucks, but the good news is that he’s expected to fully recover with time and his horrible ’09 performance was not the result of elbow/shoulder trouble. I’m predicting that barring further setbacks he’s successfull at Double-A by the end of 2010.

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