Reds bolster bullpen depth in trade with Toronto for Hector Perez

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)
RHP Hector Perez

The Reds have acquired from the Blue Jays RHP Hector Perez for a player to be named or cash. The 40-man roster is at 36 players.

Perez, 24, last season made his Major League debut with 1 relief appearance for the Blue Jays.

He was rated by Baseball America the Astros’ No. 16 prospect in 2017 and No. 7 prospect in 2018, then was rated the Blue Jays’ No. 19 prospect in 2019.

Pérez signed with the Houston Astros as an international free agent in 2014. In 2015, he was assigned to the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Astros, and later promoted to the Gulf Coast League Astros and Rookie Advanced Greeneville Astros. In 17 pitching appearances, Pérez posted a 2–0 win–loss record, 1.64 earned run average (ERA), and 50 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched.[1] He split time in 2016 with the Short Season-A Tri-City ValleyCats and the Class-A Quad Cities River Bandits, and worked to a 4–1 combined record, 3.15 ERA, and 80 strikeouts in 60 innings.[1] Perez opened the 2017 season with the River Bandits, and was later promoted to the Advanced-A Buies Creek Astros. In a career-high 107​13 innings, Pérez posted a 7–6 record, 3.44 ERA, and 128 strikeouts.[1]

Pérez was assigned to Buies Creek to begin 2018, and earned a promotion to the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in early July.

On July 30, 2018, the Astros traded Pérez, Ken Giles, and David Paulino to the Blue Jays for Roberto Osuna. The Blue Jays added him to their 40-man roster after the season. He made his major league debut September 16, 2020.  With the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays, Pérez appeared in 1 game, compiling a 0-0 record with 10.80 ERA and 1 strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched.

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