Perez building strong résumé

The next big thing?

Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers (Low-A Hickory)
Sunday's stats: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K
Perez is only 18 years old and already heading up a full-season team's rotation, but the Rangers have strictly managed his workload this season. He has been limited to just five innings per outing, which rarely has allowed him to have a huge day on a statistical level. His season totals, however, loom awfully large, as he has a 2.33 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings and is limiting South Atlantic League opponents to a .233 batting average. Although he's a bit small for a power pitcher, any concerns about his size are quickly brushed aside once he unleashes his sinking fastball and power curve, both of which already rate as plus offerings.

Making a good first impression

Jess Todd, RHP, Indians (Triple-A Columbus)
Sunday's stats: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

The player to be named later from the Cardinals in the Mark DeRosa deal, Todd was converted to a closer this year and was on the brink of reaching the big leagues before being sent to Cleveland. So far, he has retired 12 of 13 batters he has faced since the trade, including seven by strikeout, and his short, stocky frame and impressive sinker/slider combo had one scout comparing him to a right-handed Randy Myers.

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