The time has come for Miami Marlins top prospect Eury Perez.
While the Marlins have gotten off to a decent start at 19-19 entering Friday, there are some issues. Their rotation is not the rock it has been in the past. Defending NL Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara is struggling to begin the season while injuries have depleted the back of the rotation. Perez certainly has a chance to establish himself as he is slated to make his debut against the Reds.
Miami Marlins hope Eury Perez is the answer
There are some possible red flags. While Perez is one of the top pitching prospects in the game, and may be the Marlins best pitching prospect since Jose Fernandez, he is just 20 years old. He would be the youngest pitcher to make his major league debut since Julio Urias in 2016. Perez also has not pitched at Triple-A at all.
Statistically, there is no question that Perez is ready. He posted an impressive 2.32 ERA and a 0.806 WHiP in his 31 innings, striking out 41 batters with just nine walks. Considering his impressive arsenal with three plus pitches, including his upper 90s fastball and fading changeup, Perez generates plenty of swings and misses. His command is equally impressive as he pounds the strike zone. He has also generated plenty of grounders this season with a 51.6% ground ball rate.
There are going to be ups and downs with Perez. No matter how impressive he has been, it is important to remember that the majors are a different animal. Likewise, he is extremely young and needs experience. The Marlins are also likely to limit his innings as they look to protect one of their building blocks. Perez is likely to last around five innings in his debut, but that should be enough to see his potential.
Eury Perez is set to make his Miami Marlins debut on Friday. His time in the minors may be over for good with a strong outing.