Jun 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT
Earlier this month the Rangers chose to give Double-A prospect Justin Grimm a chance in their injury wrecked rotation instead of turning to more highly touted Triple-A prospect Martin Perez, but now they’re both in the big leagues.
Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Perez has been called up to make his MLB debut at age 21 after ranking as the game’s 31st-best prospect according to Baseball America coming into the season.
Perez’s stock has slipped some since then, as he posted a 4.59 ERA and terrible 49/38 K/BB ratio in 84 innings at Triple-A after also struggling there in the second half of last season. For now he seems destined to work out of the bullpen, which makes the call-up even more curious considering Perez has been a full-time starter for his entire career.
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