Luis Perales Salem Red Sox Pitcher

Age: 19
Born: April 14, 2003
Birthplace: Guacara, Venezuela
Height: 6-1
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(July 2019)
ETA: 2026

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Luis Perales photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: per-AHL-ess
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scout: -
Signing Bonus: $75,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2026
Pro Debut: July 13, 2021 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Medium, athletic frame. Has a good amount of projection left and should add strength as he matures.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot from the middle of the rubber. Steps backwards toward first base before a medium-to-high leg kick prior to delivery. Finishes off-balance towards first base, with a pronounced post-delivery right leg kick up. Quick arm with short arm action. Moderate arm effort. Solid control for his age.

Fastball: 95-98 mph. Tops out at 99 mph. Pitch shows good carry. Command and control need work. Potential plus-to-better offering

Curveball: 84-86 mph. Advanced for his age. Good feel for spin. Gets over the pitch and can snap it off. Can locate in the zone or out of the zone looking for swinging strikes. Potential plus offering.

Changeup: 87-90. Inconsistent, but will flash bat-missing ability with the ability to pull the string on it with late fading action. Potential above-average offering.
  Career Notes: Was not a highly-touted amateur prospect out of Venezuela. Began to show much higher promise after signing, particularly in the Tricky League in the summer of 2019. Emerged quickly as a prospect to follow. Was limited to one game due to injuries in 2021. Organization then heavily monitored his workload in 2022, limiting him to three innings per start. Still broke out and rose quickly into the SoxProspects top 20 by the end of the season. Earned a promotion to Salem following the end of the 2022 FCL season. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was cancelled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Potential major league starter. Ceiling of a number two starter. Wide variance arm with a high-ceiling and low-floor. Has shown among the best raw stuff of any arm in the system and was identified by scouts as the top pitching prospect in the Florida Complex League in 2022. Will flash two plus pitches and three at least above-average pitches. All have shown bat-missing ability. Next step in his development is finding consistency with his delivery and showing he can handle a starter’s workload.

This page will be updated with a scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

State of the System: Low Minors Pitchers (4.2.20)
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr  hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2021 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 18 0 0 4.50 1 1 0 2.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 1.00 13.50 4.50
2022 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 19 0 1 1.08 9 7 0 25.0 10 4 3 0 1 9 34 0.76 12.24 3.24
  2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 19 0 1 3.38 4 4 0 10.2 10 7 4 1 1 11 16 1.97 13.50 9.28
  2023 TBD --- --- Bos 20     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  Florida Complex League Pitcher of the Week (July 11-17, 2022)
Florida Complex League Pitcher of the Month (July 2022) Pitcher of the Month (July 2022)
2022 All-Star
2022 Rookie of the Year

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