Cionel Perez
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Perez is an undersized (5-foot-11) southpaw with significant pedigree who fits best as a high-leverage reliever capable of getting more than three outs. He is technically competing for a spot in the starting rotation this spring, but is more of a depth option in that competition. Signed out of Cuba for $5.15 million in 2016, Perez boasts a 70-grade mid-90s fastball that is a swing-and-miss pitch in any count. His above-average breaking ball plays nicely off the heater, but he lacks a true third pitch. This would not preclude him from going three or four innings as a starter in a piggyback game -- the Astros have been utilizing this strategy in the minors, allowing multiple pitchers to throw around four innings rather than asking one pitcher to turn a lineup over more than twice. However, Perez would generate the most fantasy value as a Josh Hader type of reliever who picks up wins and the occassional save. Perez is more of a ratio risk than Hader, and he lacks that type of strikeout upside, so he has minimal fantasy value at this point in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in March of 2019.
Joining big club
PHouston Astros
September 2, 2019
Perez (forearm) was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock ahead of Monday's game against the Brewers, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
After missing nearly a month and a half with a forearm injury, Perez was reinstated from Round Rock's 7-day injured list Thursday. The Astros' decision to bring him back so recently after the health setback illustrates the depleted slate of the big-league bullpen, which currently features four pitchers on the IL. Despite those personnel losses, Perez is expected to see limited usage -- mostly in lower-leverage spots -- throughout September.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
33
Last 10 Games
33
Last 5 Games
33
How many pitches does Cionel Perez generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Cionel Perez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-57%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .182 26 4 4 4 0 0 2
Since 2017vs Right .241 59 15 5 13 2 0 4
2019vs Left .300 11 1 1 3 0 0 1
2019vs Right .286 29 6 1 8 2 0 2
2018vs Left .083 15 3 3 1 0 0 1
2018vs Right .192 30 9 4 5 0 0 2
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-57%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 7.80 1.27 15.0 1 1 0 7.8 2.4 3.0
Since 2017Away 3.38 1.31 5.1 0 0 0 10.1 8.4 1.7
2019Home 10.00 1.33 9.0 1 1 0 7.0 1.0 3.0
2019Away 0.00 0.00 .000000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018Home 4.50 1.17 6.0 0 0 0 9.0 4.5 3.0
2018Away 3.38 1.13 5.1 0 0 0 10.1 6.8 1.7
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Cionel Perez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.50
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
3.0
 
Fastball
95.3 mph
 
ERA
10.00
 
WHIP
1.44
 
BABIP
.303
 
GB/FB
1.17
 
Left On Base
34.1%
 
Exit Velocity
94.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.5%
 
Spin Rate
2140 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
48.4%
 
Swinging Strike
9.8%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Cuban defector signed a deal in September with the Astros that included a $5.15 million signing bonus. However, the deal was voided in October due to an unspecified medical issue. He later signed with the Astros again for $2 million. If he can overcome the medical concern, Perez may quickly become the top left-handed pitching prospect in the Astros organization. He features a mid-to-low-90s fastball, a breaking ball with above average potential and a changeup that he is still working on developing, as he didn't use it much in Cuba. Perez's last season in Cuba was impressive, as he posted a 2.06 ERA and 76 strikeouts over 17 starts. Given his incomplete repertoire and slight stature (5-foot-11, 170 pounds), Perez carries plenty of bullpen risk. Without frontline upside or any stateside success, he can be simply monitored in most dynasty leagues for now.
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Moves rehab to High-A
PHouston Astros
Forearm
August 29, 2019
Perez (forearm) shifted his rehab assignment to High-A Fayetteville earlier this week, tossing two scoreless innings in his appearance Monday.
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Begins rehab in GCL
PHouston Astros
Forearm
August 14, 2019
Perez (forearm) made his first rehab appearance Tuesday with the Astros' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. He tossed a scoreless inning in the outing, striking out two and working around a pair of base hits.
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Working back from forearm injury
PHouston Astros
Forearm
August 4, 2019
Perez has resumed rehabbing a mild forearm injury at the Astros' spring-training facility in Florida, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Hits minor-league IL
PHouston Astros
Undisclosed
June 30, 2019
Triple-A Round Rock placed Perez on its 7-day injured list Sunday with an unspecified issue, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Demoted to minors
PHouston Astros
June 19, 2019
The Astros optioned Perez to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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