MLB Draft: 2016 Top High School Middle Infielders
Delvin Perez will likely go in the top ten of the MLB Draft, as a young shortstop who is slick with the glove. Perez, a 6’3” and 165 pounds, is a 17 year old from the International Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. Perez, who is not committed to a college, is going to be the highest pick from Puerto Rico from when the Houston Astros drafted their current shortstop Carlos Correa with the first pick in the 2012 draft.
Perez is known for his glove, arm, and speed more so than his bat, and MLB Pipeline grades those three out as a 60 on the 20-80 scale. Prospect pipeline has him topping out at 93 miles per hour in a showcase. Simply his arm and glove will play at the position and will allow the tall, lanky 17 year old to remain at short.
At the dish, Perez stands tall in the box, with an open stance, and a medium leg kick. He starts with his hands at his head and brings them through the zone. His offense is not on the same level as his glove, but he should grow and maybe develop to be a high average player with ten home runs.
Overall Perez is the best high school middle infielder in this draft and will be gone by the time the Pirates pick at 22. His defensive skills will allow him to remain at short despite his height, and his offense has plenty of time to develop, as he doesn’t turn 18 until November 24. His glove and frame, and current lack of pop, is very reminiscent of current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
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