A further look at Kenny Perez

We all know what York will probably get out of Luis Taveras and Kaz Tanaka in 2008. But the other signing the club made last week — Kenny Perez — is more uncertain. Let’s take a look at the 26-year-old’s career numbers.

perezkenny.jpgPerez was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2000 draft. He’s never hit above .300 for an entire season at any level in his career and has compiled a .266 average in 2,664 career at-bats in the minors. He is not a power threat. Perez has 31 home runs and 305 RBIs since 2000. His career OPS is .693, so we’re not dealing with the reincarnation of Alex Rodriguez here. But Perez does have plenty of positives.

According to Adam Gladstone, Perez — also a switch-hitter — impressed team officials with his personality and attitude. The Miami native could also become a serviceable defensive player. He played primarily shortstop earlier in his career before splitting time between second and third base and short over the last few years. Versatility is always a huge plus in the Atlantic League. Check out the rest of Perez’s career numbers here.

York might be best served with Perez at shortstop. Of course, his performance in spring training and early in the season will have a lot to say about that. But from what I saw last year, Keoni De Renne was at his best at second base. De Renne made the spectacular plays at short, but he often botched the routine ones. The Hawaii native was also a better hitter when in the lineup at second (.311) than at short (.286)

Lastly, expect Perez to hit low in the Revolution’s lineup. No. 8 or No. 9 seems like a good fit for him based on his production


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