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Rangers turn to Perez for Saturday start

Rangers turn to Perez for Saturday start

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Martin Perez made his major-league debut earlier this week, and now he's set to make his first major-league start. The Rangers announced Friday that Perez will get the start Saturday against the Oakland Athletics.

Perez, 21, has long been a hyped prospect. He came to America at the age of 17 from Venezuela. For each of the past four preseasons, Baseball America rated the left-handed Perez as among the top 100 prospects in baseball. He came into this season as a top 35 consensus prospect.

In 15 Triple-A starts this year, Perez was 5-5 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings. His 49:38 K:BB ratio was pretty lackluster. As for the ERA, the Pacific Coast League is a notorious hitters' league.

Wednesday, Perez made his major-league debut in a relief appearance against the Tigers, and it was a forgettable outing. In just 2/3 of an inning, he gave up two hits, a walk and four runs (only one was earned, but that still leaves him with a 13.50 ERA). Of his 20 pitches, only 11 were strikes.

The Rangers are in a starting pitching bind because -- even though they've added Roy Oswalt -- Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando are on the disabled list.

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