The Mariners have made another minor signing going into spring training, inking left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
He had vagabond 2014 season, appearing in 24 games (16 starts) with Class AAA Round Rock, then had stops in Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz (Mexican League) and Class AAA Indianapolis. In those 16 starts, he went 6-6, 2.97 ERA. In eight relief appearances, he posted an 0-1 record with a 2.19 ERA. Perez also pitched for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League posting a 2.31 ERA in 15 games (six starts) during the regular season and 3-1, 0.84 ERA (3 ER, 32.0 IP) in six playoff starts. He also made one start in the Caribbean Series, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings vs. Cuba.
For the bulk of his big league career, he was a reliever. He made 268 appearances from 2008-2011 – tied for the most in the AL during that span.
It’s more depth for the Mariners and Class AAA Tacoma.
He joins a handful of other lefties at spring training trying to find a bullpen spot. Here’s a list of them ….
- Lucas Luetge
- Edgar Olmos
- David Rollins
- Mike Kickham