Franklin Perez
21-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers A+
7-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 6/18/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Between stints on the disabled list with a right lat strain and right shoulder inflammation, Perez threw just 19.1 innings last season. A key piece in the Tigers' return for Justin Verlander, Perez struggled in his limited time on the mound in 2018. He also missed time in 2017 with knee and blister issues, totaling 86.1 innings that season. Scouts have long dreamed on Perez, whose bag of tricks includes a mid-90s fastball, three potential above-average secondaries and above-average command, but because of all the lost development time in recent years, Perez is still much more projection than anything. He is just 21 and there is plenty of time for Perez to reach his ceiling. In the immediate future, Perez's primary goal should be just staying healthy and pushing up close to 100 innings for the first time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Astros in July of 2014 that includes a $1 million signing bonus. Traded to the Tigers in August of 2017.
Shoulder injury confirmed
PDetroit Tigers  A+
May 20, 2019
Perez's placement on High-A Lakeland's 7-day injured list Sunday was due to right shoulder inflammation, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
As suspected, Perez's latest setback is related to the right shoulder issue that ended his 2018 campaign in July and kept him on the shelf up until last week of the current season. Since coming over from Houston in the August 2017 trade that sent Justin Verlander to the Astros, Perez has tossed just 23.1 innings in affiliated ball.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Astros finally caved and made Perez available late in the summer. If they hadn't, Justin Verlander would still be a Tiger. His high-end repertoire is more about the sum of the parts than one or two elite pitches, although he is far from a finished product in that respect. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound righty features a mid-90s fastball, above average command and three secondaries that all project to be above average or better. Unless one of those secondary pitches emerges as a true wipeout offering, he may only be a mid-rotation starter, but that's his realistic floor, which is hardly ever said about a 19-year-old. An early-season knee injury and late-season blister limited him to just 86.1 innings, which still established a career high, so eclipsing the 100-inning mark in 2018 would be a big step in his development. He will likely start his age-20 season back at Double-A, but has the polish to move quickly.
In a system that seems to consistently churn out intriguing power arms, Perez may get a little overlooked, but that won't be the case for long. He has all the ingredients one looks for in a future frontline starter. His mid-90s fastball requires little effort as a plus pitch. He also features a hammer curveball that projects as a plus offering, and his changeup could be the best pitch in his repertoire -- a potentially double-plus monster. Perez also has advanced control, feel and pitchability, leading to future plus grades on his command. He has yet to post a K-BB% south of 20 percent as a professional, offering the best of both worlds when it comes to missing bats and limiting baserunners. In addition to his filth and precision, Perez's 6-foot-3, 197-pound frame is prototypical for a starter. He gave up more than two earned runs just three times in 15 appearances as an 18-year-old in the Midwest League, and he's poised to establish himself as one of the game's elite pitching prospects in 2017.
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Returns to IL
PDetroit Tigers  A+
May 19, 2019
High-A Lakeland placed Perez on its 7-day injured list Sunday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Covers four innings in 2019 debut
PDetroit Tigers  A+
May 16, 2019
Perez (shoulder) tossed four innings and gave up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three Wednesday in High-A Lakeland's 9-4 win over Clearwater.
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Set to start Wednesday
PDetroit Tigers  A+
May 14, 2019
Perez (shoulder) is scheduled to come off the minor-league injured list to start Wednesday for High-A Lakeland, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Out with shoulder tendinitis
PDetroit Tigers  A+
March 29, 2019
Perez will miss 4-to-6 weeks with right shoulder tendinitis.
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Returns to minors
PDetroit Tigers  A+
March 8, 2019
Perez (shoulder) was optioned to High-A Lakeland on Friday.
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