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Fernando Perez

Tampa Bay Rays — No. 38
Outfielder
Born: April 23, 1983 (1983-04-23) (age 26)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Bats: Switch Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 5, 2008 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .234
Home runs     3
Runs batted in     10
Teams

Fernando Perez (born April 28, 1983) is an outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. He is a switch hitter who throws right-handed.

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Early life

Perez eventually moved with his family to West Windsor Township, New Jersey, where he attended elementary and middle school and played little league. Perez played youth travel soccer for the West End Warriors of Mercer County, NJ, winners of several state cup championships during his tenure. Perez attended the prestigious Peddie School, a private high school in Hightstown, New Jersey, where he was a standout member of the varsity baseball team.[1].

College

Perez went to Columbia University where he studied American studies and creative writing, training he later used to become the first Major League Baseball player published in Poetry Magazine. [1] At Columbia, he played baseball for three years before being selected by the Rays in the 7th Round (195th Overall) of the 2004 MLB Draft. Perez was one of six Ivy Leaguers on major league rosters at the beginning of the 2009 season.[2]

Minor league career

He played in 2004 for the Hudson Valley Renegades in the short-season New York-Penn League, in 2005 for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays Single-A team, in 2006 for the Visalia Oaks and in 2007 for the Montgomery Biscuits.

Perez was playing for the Triple-A Durham Bulls in 2008 (for whom he batted .288, with a .393 slugging percentage) when he was called up to the majors on August 31. From April 4-October 4, 2007, he wrote a journal for milb.com.[2]

In his five season in the minors through 2008, he batted .289 with a .403 slugging percentage.

Major league career

Perez was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays on August 31, 2008. In his first major league at bat. on September 5, Perez recorded a single off of Toronto Blue Jays closer B. J. Ryan.[3] His first major league home run came in front of his hometown fans on September 14, at Yankee Stadium. In 60 at bats, he batted .250.

He contributed to the Rays reaching their first World Series by scoring the winning run as a pinch runner in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, tagging at third and scoring on a short fly ball by B.J. Upton in the bottom of the 11th inning.

During 2009 spring training, Perez was injured on March 10 during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays after trying to make a diving catch. He left the game, and missed significant time during the 2009 season. He was activated from the disabled list and was called up in the roster expansions and filled in for the injured BJ Upton in September.

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