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Houston Astros, Joe Perez
Houston Astros, Joe Perez /

Joe Perez, Corner Infielder, added to 40-man roster

While the Astros second-round pick out of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Florida back in 2017, Joe Perez has played at three different levels in 2021, starting in Fayetteville (A), then on to Asheville (A+), before finishing the season in Corpus Christi.

Perez raked in Fayetteville (.300/.407/.500) and Asheville (.354/.423/.707) before being promoted to Corpus Christi near the end of June where he compiled a .267/.322/.420 slash line. At all levels combined, Perez slashed .291/.354/.495 with 34 doubles, 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 430 at-bats.

Perez struck out 26.5% of the time last season, but has hits the ball hard when he makes contact. Despite having Tommy John surgery as a high schooler, his arm is above average, but his range at third base is considered limited and the hope is he can become an adequate fielder.