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Monday, September 23, 2013

Francisco Perez, Mistake Inside - 2745

Spartanburg's Sam Taylor tried to be aggressive at the plate. Asheville's Francisco Perez likely wished he hadn't.

The result: A grand slam.

"I was looking fastball, something inside," Taylor told The Spartanburg Herald-Journal. "(Perez) threw me a slider low and in, which wasn't a very good pitch in that situation. He just made a mistake."

Perez made that pitch in his fourth season as a pro. It was also his last, his short career ending at season's end.

Perez' career began in 1986, signed by the Astros as an undrafted free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

With the Astros, Perez first hit the field in 1987, playing in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 2-6, over 12 starts. He picked up one of those losses in a late-August contest, against the GCL Dodgers.

Perez returned to the Gulf Coast League for 1988, going 3-4 in another 12 starts. For 1989, he moved to single-A Asheville and short-season Auburn. Between the two, he went 7-6, with a 4.17 ERA.

He returned to Asheville for 1990, what would be his final season. In 36 outings, eight starts, Perez went 6-4, with a 5.35 ERA, ending his career.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,297
Made the Majors: 709 - 54.7%
Never Made Majors: 588-45.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 306
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 181

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