The Tigers have way, way too many utility players on their roster at the moment. Zach McKinstry, Andy Ibanez, Matt Vierling, and Zack Short are just a few examples. Perez is also likely a utility player at the next level, but at least we don't know what he is yet.
Perez struggled to get going in the power department in Double-A this year, hitting just six homers, putting up a .375 slugging percentage and a .104 ISO. That could have been due to a lingering back injury, but it was a little deflating considering how good he was in 2022.
But he was promoted to Triple-A in August, and found the power stroke again. He hit just three home runs in 35 games, but he had a .496 SLG and a .233 ISO. Much more like it.
He still walks at a good clip, runs well, and doesn't strike out a lot, so there were still some redeeming qualities without the power. It was just nice to see the power come back toward the end of the year after displaying consistent power in 2022.
Perez will be 24 next year and is a switch-hitter, which is something the Tigers could use. He's shown the ability to play both the infield and the outfield, so he has the positional versatility the Tigers covet so much. He's not amazing, but I think we'd all take him over another year of Zack Short.