After struggling at Double-A Frisco last season as a teenager, left-handed pitcher Martin Perez has done all he can for the RoughRiders this year.
And on Thursday, Perez was rewarded for what he's done this season by being promoted to Triple-A Round Rock just days after he pitched in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday in Phoenix.
For the season, Perez is 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts and is widely considered the top prospect in the Rangers system, which, in turn, makes him one of the top prospects in all of baseball.
Since the winter, it was speculated that Perez would hit Arlington sometime in 2012, and with the way the Rangers' starting staff is going right now, that prognosis hasn't changed a bit.
But a promotion to Triple-A at age 20 speaks highly of Perez's future and what the Rangers have in mind for him. He's now the youngest player in the 16-team Pacific Coast League, and he's probably the most exciting one too.