Perez received an invitation to major league spring training Tuesday. The 28-year-old spent the entirety of 2016 with Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk, where he batted a solid .291 while posting a 21:53 BB:K ratio in 306 at-bats. Despite the success he enjoyed in the minors, Perez seems destined to fill an organizational depth role in 2017 given that Welington Castillo and Caleb Joseph are in line to take the vast majority of the reps at the major league level.
Perez was assigned to minor league camp Wednesday, Rich Dubroff of ComcastSportsNet reports. Perez was batting .313 (5-for-16) this spring with two home runs and six RBI before the Oriole's decided to send him to minor league camp. He was competing for a roster spot with Matt Wieters and Caleb Joseph so the Oriole's must have felt that a two-catcher platoon would suffice heading into the regular season. Perez will look to fine tune his game in the minors in preparation for a possible call up if Wieters or Joseph goes down with an injury.
Perez signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. The 26-year-old catcher has played in just three MLB games, but he will get a chance to make an impression on the big league coaching staff after receiving an invite to spring training. He hit .243 with two home runs at Triple-A last year.
The Rockies traded catcher Audry Perez to the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations, according to MASN Sports. Perez, who is projected to start the season at Triple-A, went 1 for 11 this spring.
The Rockies optioned three players and reassigned nine other to their minor league camp on Sunday. Optioned to the minors were RHP Chad Bettis, who is converting from relief to a starting pitcher. He didn't allow a run in five spring innings. "He's in a good place," manager Walt Weiss said, per the Denver Post. "There's some clarity in his role and what he needs to do. It was a positive camp for him." First baseman Ben Paulsen, who had a .108 spring average. "He hasn't had a great spring," Weiss said. "But that doesn't diminish what I think of the guy." LHP Chris Rusin, who had a 6.43 spring ERA. Reassigned to minor league camp were: LHP Kraig Sitton, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP John Lannan, RHP Jair Jurrjens, RHP Brett Marshall, catcher Audry Perez, infielders Trevor Story and Omar Quintanilla, and outfielder Roger Bernadina.