Jays Journal's Top 30 Blue Jays Prospects - 2024 Midseason Update

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9. Fernando Perez- A (Previous Rank: 21)
20 y.o / RHP / SP

Perez was the most productive pitcher in the entire Florida Complex League last year and he was rewarded with a promotion to Single-A. He has been great so far, posting a good ERA with even better ratios and underlying stats. Perez is a K-BB% darling, showing far beyond his years control and command of his arsenal. There's little doubt that he'll be able to execute his pitches at the highest level. The question is how well his stuff will translate and how much growth he still has ahead of him in that area.

Perez has the frame to throw hard. He's currently mostly 92-93 MPH on the fastball which is not bad for a 20-year-old. His ceiling will be largely dictated by how much he can add to that number. He commands the pitch exceptionally well so there's lots of potential if he can find a bit more velocity. Perez flip-flops between his slider and changeup as his main secondary. His changeup looks like a better pitch right now. That could be a pitch that if it develops further could take him to the next level. There's production and projection in Perez and that's always a combination worth watching.