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Tigers Top Prospect Perez Comes Off DL, Will Debut Tuesday Night

Perez uses a four-pitch arsenal built around a low-to-mid 90s fastball and a plus curveball.

July 10, 2018 - 4:59 pm

After spending nearly four months rehabbing a lat strain suffered in spring training, Franklin Perez was reinstated from the DL on Tuesday and transferred to Single-A Lakeland, where he'll make his season debut Tuesday night. The right-handed pitcher is the Tigers' No. 1 prospect and the No. 31 prospect in baseball, per MLB.com

Perez, 20, was acquired in last season's Justin Verlander trade, but has yet to make an official start in the Tigers organization. He did make three rehab starts in the Gulf Coast League this season, posting a 4.50 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP over eight innings. 

He split last season in the Astros organization between Single-A and Double-A. In seven appearances at the latter level he recorded a 3.09 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Perez uses a four-pitch arsenal built around a low-to-mid 90s fastball and a plus curveball. He also throws a slider and a changeup. His velocity figures to increase as he continues to put muscle on his 6'3 frame. 

Assuming all goes smoothly in Lakeland, Perez should soon be in Double-A Erie, with a promotion to Triple-A Toledo not out of the question later this season. 

The Tigers also promoted pitchers Kyle Funkhouser and Matt Hall from Erie to Toledo on Tuesday.

The righty Funkhouser, Detroit's No. 7 prospect, recorded a 3.74 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and a strikeout per inning in 17 starts in Double-A. He was named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June. 

The lefty Hall, Detroit's No. 23 prospect, notched a 1.58 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 57 innings over 27 appearances in Double-A. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 31 consecutive innings. 

Including first overall pick Casey Mize, the Tigers' top five prospects and six of their top eight are pitchers.