Luis Perez? Really?

By Jason Wojciechowski on August 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I missed this weekend's games and now that I see the A's got one-hit by Luis Perez, I'm pretty sure I won't be catching up and watching that one tonight. Instead, here's a sort of "stat of the day" for the weekend.1

The A's have been shut out thirteen times this year. They've lost three of those games 1-0 -- once to Felix Hernandez and the Mariners (legit), once to Vance Worley and the Phillies (mostly legit), and once to fill-in starter Luis Perez, making his first-ever big league start. Not legit at all. Perez has a solid FIP this year of 3.93, but PECOTA isn't buying it, figuring him for a 5.50 ERA the rest of the way. Looking at his upper-minors track record, it's hard to disagree:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R HR BB IBB SO HBP BF HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 24 New Hampshire EL AA 3.55 28 27 2 0 162.1 145 78 11 67 2 112 13 693 0.6 3.7 6.2 1.67
2010 25 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA 5.40 28 27 2 0 160.0 174 109 11 84 0 105 16 730 0.6 4.7 5.9 1.25
2011 26 Las Vegas PCL AAA 4.60 8 8 0 0 45.0 37 23 5 23 0 43 3 189 1.0 4.6 8.6 1.87
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/22/2011.

Strikeout-to-walk numbers that mediocre in the high minors aren't what you generally call a marker of future success. There's a reason he's 26 and just made his first big-league start this weekend.

Go A's!


  1. I'll have a Yankees series preview up tonight. 

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