The Detroit Tigers' most intriguing prospect heading into the 2023 season?

Tigers prospect Wenceel Perez fields ground balls during spring training on Wednesday, Feb. 20,
Tigers prospect Wenceel Perez fields ground balls during spring training on Wednesday, Feb. 20, / Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press

You should keep your eye on this Detroit Tigers' prospect

The Detroit Tigers have several prospects who will either be major league stars or just depth players. Some of those prospects may be stars for another organization. Among the prospects in the Detroit Tigers' top prospect list is one player who could reach the majors because of his versatility. That player is Wenceel Perez.

Wencel Perez is a switch hitter that can play third base, second base, and shortstop. He does not have amazing power numbers, nor is he Rickey Henderson. However, he is a good, solid player that can fill holes in the Tiger's lineup right now. With that being said, his ETA on his major league debut is more likely in 2024 at the earliest. The 5-foot-11 and 203-pound switch hitter is not a power hitter, but rather a hitter that can hit to all fields and put the ball in play.

In five seasons and six tiers of minor league baseball, Perez looks to be moving up the ladder of Tigers prospects. He is currently 15th and 10th among hitters. In those five seasons, Perez has a total of 24 home runs, 192 runs batted in, a .273 batting average, 90 stolen bases, 27 triples, a .393 slugging percentage in 1,694 at-bats, and 1,908 plate appearances. Good, solid all-around numbers for a prospect that is not mentioned in the top tier of Detroit Tigers Prospects. He also had a .910 fielding percentage.

For Perez, the highest league he has played in is AA with the Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League. With the SeaWolves, he hit five home runs, drove in 28 runs, hit .307, had five triples, and had a .540 slugging percentage.

Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an international free agent on July 2, 2016, Perez has shown tremendous growth as a prospect. His all-around game has greatly improved and is now on Detroit's radar as the upcoming season approaches. He may spend this season with AAA Toledo Mud Hens and get that occasional call-up to Detroit. Perez is currently on the Tigers' 40-man roster.

Wenceel Perez has been impressive during his minor league career. In fact, he was voted as the 2022 organizational all-star for the Tigers. Quick and agile with a bullet of an arm and a quick bat, Perez could be a dark horse to make an impact in the Tigers organization as soon as this season.

Wenceel Perez is more of a contact hitter with a good average and a little power. He could slot toward the top of the lineup to get on base and throw the pitcher off of his game. Wenceel Perez is one prospect you want to watch this season as he could be an impact player sooner than later.

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