Martin Perez began his career with the Rangers, first signing as an Amateur Free Agent from Venezuela in 2007. The Pitcher first cracked the Majors in 2012, and for the next seven years, it always felt like Perez was struggling to fight or keep a spot on the backend of the Rangers rotation. In that time frame, Perez managed three 10-Win years, but only had one year where he had an ERA under four and/or a WHIP under 1.4 (2013). After an abysmal 2018 (2-7, 6.22 ERA), Perez left as a Free Agent for Minnesota, and after three years, he returned to Texas in 2022, but this time it was different.
Perez’ 2022 saw the Venezuelan go 12-8, with a 2.89 ERA and 1.258 WHIP, the latter two by far the best of his career. He was one of the few bright spots on a poor Rangers team, and for the first time in his career, Perez was an All-Star.
As we are going into 2023, can Perez build on his first above-average MLB Season?