The Atlanta Braves added another center fielder to the mix on Friday, claiming Eury Perez off of waivers from the New York Yankees.
“We like this player — he has speed and can hit,” said Braves president of baseball operations John Hart, via David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A Dominican Republic native, Perez, 24, stole a total of 268 bases and hit .305 in eight minor league seasons (698 games) for the Washington Nationals. While he had more triples (25) that home runs in the minors (20), Perez's speed is his key attribute - posting seasons with 64, 45 and 51 steals from 2010 through 2012.
Perez was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees in late September last season, and went 2-for-10 with one steal in four games with the Bronx Bombers. Including brief callups with the Nationals in 2012 and 2013, Perez is 4-for-23 in his brief MLB career with five steals and six strikeouts.
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