Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation (Ranked)

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Martin Perez

Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Perez was arguably one of the best pitchers on the rotation last year behind ace Yu Darvish.  He had a record of 10-6, ERA of 3.62 and a WHIP of 1.335.  Perez, like Darvish, could have had a few more wins last season, but had the lack of run support.  There were a few games where Perez had issues with his command, but overall, he was very effective.

During the offseason in November, the Texas Rangers gave Perez a 4 year contract extension worth $12.5 million and has 3 club options.  This means the Texas Rangers have control over Perez through the 2020 season.  This was a very good contract for the Rangers, because Perez should continue to grow as a solid left-handed pitcher.

Martin Perez features a fastball, changeup, curveball and an occasional slider.  His fastball is usually in the lower 90s but sometimes can be in the mid-90s.  He is able to back up his fastball with a solid changeup.

Perez should continue to grow as a starter going into 2014.  He’ll continue to work on his command, but that shouldn’t be a problem.  He was solid in 2013, and should be solid or even better in 2014.