Pogotheostrich wrote:Chris Perez is the closer of the future for the Cardinals.
Good call Pogo.
Perez (22 years old) is indeed an interesting prospect, listed #2 in Baseball America's St. Louis top 10. That seems kind of high because he still has control problems. Even so, When you add the fact that both Izzy and Franklin are in their mid 30s it makes Perez interesting. Here are his 2007 stats:
AA, 40.2IP, 17H, 28BB, 62K
AAA 14IP, 6H, 13BB, 15K
Not sure he makes the roster this spring, and I doubt he gets lots of chances in '08, but could be the man in a year are two. (Although it is so hard to predict RPs) For Havok's list, I think Perez should be listed as #3 as he has it now, although you could argue he might be better placed in the section of "Potential Closers-of-the-future."
(also, Havok, thanks for your thoughts why you had Saito as looking over the shoulder.)