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Stephen Perez

position

Infield

Height

5-11

Weight

172 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Miami, Fla.

High School

Gulliver Prep HS

Drafted by the Washington Nationals (eighth round, No. 264 overall) on June 5, 2012…Signed on June 12, 2012

Junior (2012)…
Saw action in 55 contests, including 54 starts…Split time at the two middle infield positions, recording 16 starts at shortstop and 37 at second base…Finished with 46 hits in 186 at-bats (.247 average) while spending the majority of the season as the team’s lead-off hitter…Led the team with 32 walks, getting on base at a .363 clip…Ranked second on the team with 21 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles, a team-best four triples and five homeruns…Scored 39 runs and registered 29 RBI’s on the year…Went six straight games with at least one run scored from Feb. 24 – March 3…Recorded the first multi-hit game of his season against florida (March 3), finishing 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI’s…Set a season-high with three RBI’s in a series-opening win over Boston College (March 9), a performance that included his second homerun of the year…Matched a career-best with an eight-game hitting streak from March 17-30, a stretch that included 12 hits, six runs scored and four RBI’s…Went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in a midweek win over Saint Thomas (Fla.) (March 28)…Went a combined 5-for-10 on the team’s trip to Virginia Tech (April 13-15)…Set a career-high with three stolen bases in the team’s series opener with Virginia (April 28)…Matched a season-high with three RBI’s against Virginia in game two of the series (April 29)…Helped guide the team to an ACC Tournament win over North Carolina (May 24) with a two-hit, three-run performance…Went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the team’s NCAA Tournament finale against Missouri State (June 2)…

Sophomore (2011)…

Saw action in all 51 games for the Hurricanes, making a start in 49 of those contests at the shortstop position… Batted .263 on the year with 46 hits (12 doubles, three triples) and 31 RBI… Tied for the team lead with three triples… Drew 27 walks on the year… Laid down a team third-highest 14 sacrifice hits… Toted a .938 fielding percentage with 78 putouts and 149 assists… Had back-to-back games with two hits at Florida (Mar. 6) and against Illinois State (Mar. 8)… Went 2-for-3 at the dish in the series-opener against Appalachian State (Feb. 24) with a run scored, a double and a triple… Finished the App State series batting 5-for-11… Had his best game with a career-high matching four hits in five trips against Hofstra (May 6) – including a career-high tying two doubles – while adding a season-high five RBI and scoring twice… Followed that with a 2-for-3 effort against the Pride (May 7) with two RBI and a triple… Pounded out four hits throughout the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, including two hits and two RBI against North Carolina (May 26)… Picked up two stolen bases at Maryland (Apr. 17) in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader… Also picked up two steals against Virginia Tech (Mar. 11)… Played summer ball in the Cape Cod League with the Chatham Anglers, where he batted .233 with 28 hits (five doubles, one homer) and 12 runs scored…

Freshman (2010)…
Ended the year seventh on the squad in batting average (.255)… Played and started in all 63 games for the Hurricanes, mostly at the shortstop position… Scored a team fourth-best 50 runs with 61 hits and a team third-best 14 doubles… Slugged eight homers on the year… Drove in 38 RBI for the season… Tied for the team lead in stolen bases, swiping 24 in 28 attempts… Posted a .950 fielding percentage from his shortstop position, recording 76 putouts and 190 assists… Posted 25 hits (five doubles, four homeruns) with 18 runs and 14 RBI in 30 ACC contests… Tallied a season-best four hits – including a homerun, driving in a season-high six RBI and scoring a season-high tying three runs in a win at UCF (Mar. 9)… Registered two hits in three trips to the plate, crossing three times and adding a RBI on a solo homerun in a win at NC State (Mar. 26)…

High School/Prep…
Played for former Hurricane Javy Rodriguez at Gulliver Prep… Earned First Team All-Dade and Second Team All-State as a senior after hitting .452 with eight homers and 22 RBI in 2009… Hit .390 as a freshman en route to earning All-Dade honorable mention honors… Earned All-Dade second team honors as a junior and a sophomore, hitting .353 in 2008 and .345 in 2007… Played in the high school state all-star game as a senior… Was named a 2008 Under Armour All-America…

Personal…
Drafted in the 18th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds… Son of Maritza and Silvio Perez… Major is Undeclared… Has a younger brother, Justin… Awarded the Coral Gables Friend of Education Certificate of Achievement…

PEREZ’S INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS
AB: 6 (vs. UCF 3/9/2010)
Runs: 3, four times
Hits: 4, twice
RBI: 6 at UCF (3/9/2010)
2B: 2, six times
3B: 1, eight times
HR: 1, 13 times
SB: 3 (vs. Virginia 4/28/2012)
Hit Streak: 8 games, twice