The Texas Rangers’ no. 2 prospect Martin Perez hasn’t had the smoothest of years thus far, but on Thursday, the highly-touted starter delivered a performance that might suggest that he’s beginning to figure things out.
Perez threw his first career complete game last night, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in Triple-A Round Rock’s 6-2 win over Iowa. He also struck out four on the evening, a performance that marks the first back-to-back wins of the year for the young Venezuelan .
"I'm pretty happy, I just threw the ball where I wanted [tonight]," he said, per MiLB.com. "I always want to throw more innings than the last time and that's what I did."
Some have wondered if Perez wasn’t motivated by the Rangers’ decision to look past his Triple-A Round Rock squad to Double-A Frisco and Roughriders starter Justin Grimm when they needed a spot-start. Certainly, the numbers would match up with this theory.
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News points out today that, since Grimm’s call-up, Perez has gone 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA over 16 innings.