Outfielder Fernando Perez and Pitcher Zachary Rosscup were also part of the Matt Garza deal. What can we come to expect from Perez and Rosscup? Here’s a little insight.
Perez’ best attribute is his speed. In his 1st season in the minor leagues – in the Midwest League back in 2005 – Perez stole 57 bases. He moved up a level each season and stole 43 bases in 2008 for the Rays’ Triple-A team in Durham, North Carolina. Perez was called up to the major league team in September and was even added to the Rays’ post-season roster that year (he had 9 at-bats in the World Series that October). Since then, however, Perez has struggled with injuries. He missed most of 2009 with a dislocated wrist and he played in only 116 games for Durham in 2010. He had a .223 batting average in 2010, but he did steal 24 bases in 31 tries. The Cubs hope that Perez will come into 2011 Spring Training rested and healthy. He could serve as a 4th or 5th outfielder and be a late-innings option to steal a base when the Cubs are down a run.
Rosscup is only 22 years. He pitched in the Rookie League in 2009 – 2.68 ERA in 40+ innings pitched. He did not pitch during the 2010 season until early July because of injuries. He posted a 3.03 in 9 games in the Gulf Coast League in 2010. He struck out almost 1 batter per game and pitched well down the stretch in 2010 – he limited players to a .205 batting average against. Rosscup will likely pitch out of the bullpen for the Cubs in the minor leagues in 2011.