Red Sox pitching prospect Luis Perales was recently recognized by Minor League Baseball as the Florida Complex League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 11 to 17.
In two outings against the FCL Rays and FCL Twins last week, Perales allowed just one hit and no walks to go along with 11 strikeouts in six scoreless and near-perfect innings.
Across the entire 2022 campaign, the right-hander posted a 1.38 ERA and 1.93 FIP with 19 punches in just three walks from five appearances (three starts) spanning 13 innings pitched for the affiliate. rookie level from Boston to Fort Myers.
Among the 175 FCL pitchers who have pitched at least 10 innings so far this season, Perales ranks 19th in strikeouts per nine innings (13.15), 36th in walks per nine innings (2 .08), eighth in strikeout rate (38.8%), 30th in swing strike rate (35.7%), 39th in walk rate (6.1%), 25th in batting average against (0.156), 10th in WHIP (0.77), 21st in ERA, fifth in FIP and 17th in xFIP (2.98), per FanGraphs.
Perales, 19, originally signed with the Red Sox for $75,000 as an outgoing international free agent from Venezuela in July 2019. He only made his professional debut last year in the Dominican Summer League , but was limited to one start due to the injury.
Despite all the concerns there, the Red Sox still moved Perales to FCL for the start of the 2022 season and he has made the most of his opportunity so far. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound right-hander has proven effective with a pitch mix of a mid-90s fastball that tops out at 98 mph, an advanced curveball that sits in the middle of the 70s and a development change.
Perales, who won’t turn 20 until next April, still has plenty of room to grow physically and developmentally. It is currently ranked by SoxProspects.com as the No. 52 prospect in Boston’s farm system and should continue to climb that ranking, especially if he can work his way up to Low-A Salem before the minor league season ends.