Perez signed

Despite an early season slump at the plate, Kenny Perez is headed back to affiliated baseball.

The switch-hitting shortstop was signed by the Colorado Rockies Monday and will report to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Perez becomes the first member of the York Revolution to make his way back to affiliated baseball despite a .248 batting average through 117 at-bats.

But even with his seemingly average numbers, Perez has shown improvement lately after being inserted into the leadoff spot for a majority of games over the last two weeks. Perez hit .324 with five runs scored over the Revs’ last 10 games and played a solid shortstop during that span.

The Miami native also provided the exclamation mark on York’s most dramatic win of the season. He hit a walk-off, two-run double in a Sunday victory over Lancaster on May 18.

“It just came out of nowhere and it’s a big shocker,” said Perez, who estimated he’s likely filling in for injured players on the Colorado Springs roster. “I got the phone call and I was like, ‘OK… . You expect it, but not really like this.”

York will likely make Keoni De Renne the full-time shortstop with Perez gone and you can expect Enrique Cruz to receive more playing time in the near future. Cruz’s bat has heated up lately, so this will provide a nice opportunity for him.

The Revs returned six players to affiliated organizations last season. Tike Redman (Orioles), Ryan Baerlocher (Braves), Adam Thomas (A’s), Peter Bergeron (Pirates), Jeff Farnsworth (Red Sox) and Franklin Nunez (Brewers) all used the Atlantic League to find their way back to major league organizations.

“You bring them here to play and put them out there and hopefully they get signed,” York manager Chris Hoiles said. “We’re losing a good player here in York, but the Rockies are getting a good one. It’s great to see the process work.”

*John Pavoncello photo.

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4 Responses

  1. Despite the fact that he wasn’t hitting well for a while, this isn’t much of surprise. He seemed to handle himself well at any infield position, and the fact that he’s a switch hitter, as well, probably meant that he was on the short list if anyone needed an infielder at AAA.

    I hope they find someone else to get most of the playing time at second base instead of Cruz. Cruz doesn’t have the type of track record in affiliated ball that suggests that he’s going to offer anything to the offense, and his defense has been sketchy, too.

  2. I agree with that thinking on Perez. He was certainly on some kind of list and it’s obvious Colorado needed someone quickly.

    I also got the sense from Hoiles and Perez that both wouldn’t be surprised if Perez ends up back in York this summer. Both sides said they’d be in touch if that situation came up.

  3. Post is updated with some quotes from Perez and Hoiles.

  4. As much as I’d love for Perez to come back to the Revolution, for his sake I hope this is a permanent move. Colorado is lucky to have him and I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to their team.

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