Rickardo Perez is the Phuture Phillies’ Readers’ #26 Pick.
Rickardo Alejandro Perez was born in Valencia, Venezuela. The Phillies signed Perez as an international free agent in February 2021 (during the 2020 International Signing Period).
2021: Perez played in the Dominican Summer League as a seventeen-year-old. In 43 games and 146 plate appearances, he slashed .256/.370/.281/.651 with 3 doubles and 9 RBI. He showed a patient approach walking 22 times (15.1%) and striking out 15 times (10.3%). He showed a little speed on the bases stealing 3 bases in 4 attempts.
Perez played mostly at catcher but managed to get 38.0 innings at first base. He was solid behind the plate with 3 errors (.978 Fld%) and 9 passed balls. He threw out 24 of a potential 71 base stealers (34%).
Prospects Live prepared a brief pre-season scouting report on Perez.
Overall: The Phillies’ catching prospect was part of their 2020 international class. Perez is a left-handed hitting catcher with an all-around skill set, projecting for average, or slightly better tools across the board while lacking a standout tool. The reports are strong defensively for Perez and he gets high marks for his receiving, footwork and demeanor. His bat-to-ball skills play more than his power at the moment, but the power is coming. He’s shown flashes offensively and has all the ingredients to become a future big league regular behind the plate. It comes with extreme risk though.