Washington Nationals Acquire Catcher Miguel Perez in Trade

Alex SchuhartCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2011

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Miguel Perez #72 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses during photo day at the Pirates spring training complex on February 22, 2009 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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The Washington Nationals have acquired catcher Miguel Perez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for future considerations.

Perez, who had a cup of coffee with the Cincinnati Reds in 2005, was hitting .211 in eight games for the Pirates Triple-A team, the Indianapolis Indians, at the time of the transaction.

He has reported to the Nationals’ low Single-A team, the Auburn Doubledays, with whom he is hitting .429 in two games.

Though Perez does not walk a lot or post a high slugging percentage, he does know how to handle the bat, hitting .300 or better three times in his professional career. In 2002, with the GCL Reds, he batted .360 with a .396 on-base percentage in 26 games.

He does show some pop as well, from time to time. In 2007 he slugged .534 with eight home runs, for example. However, that was perhaps an aberration, as his career slugging percentage is a low .343. It has not exceeded .372 in any other season.

Perez began his professional career in the Reds organization in 2002 and reached the major leagues in 2005, spending two games with the big club and collecting no hits in three at-bats.

He then played in the Pirates and Indians organizations, returning to the Pirates in 2011.

Despite having a 10-year professional career, Perez is still only 27 years old. As a result, a return to the major leagues in the future is still a possibility for the catcher.