Rangers pitching prospect David Perez reportedly undergoes Tommy John surgery

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The Twitter feed for DPLBaseball tweeted last night that Rangers righthanded pitching prospect David Perez has undergone Tommy John surgery.

Perez, 19 years old, was #10 on the LSB Community Prospect Rankings last offseason. The 6'5", 200 lb. righty is considered a raw, high-ceiling prospect who can throw in the upper-90s. After impressing in the Dominican Summer League in 2010, Perez went to the Northwest League in 2011, but struggled against what was generally much older competition. Perez had only pitched 9 innings in 2012, and the surgery will sideline him for the rest of 2012 and most of 2013.

Tommy John surgery isn't a death knell for a pitching prospect -- numerous successful pitchers have undergone the procedure at a young age and recovered from it -- but it also isn't an absolute given that a pitcher will get all the way back after undergoing the surgery. It will probably be 2014 before we have a good handle on whether Perez will be able to re-establish himself as one of the Rangers' most exciting pitching prospects.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO
2010 17 Rangers DOSL FRk TEX 4 4 .500 1.41 14 14 0 0 0 0 70.0 50 20 11 0 8 0 68
2011 18 Spokane NORW A- TEX 1 4 .200 8.60 13 9 0 0 0 0 30.1 25 29 29 2 29 0 43
2012 19 Spokane NORW A- TEX 1 1 .500 13.00 3 1 0 0 0 0 9.0 12 13 13 1 11 0 11
3 Seasons 6 9 .400 4.36 30 24 0 0 0 0 109.1 87 62 53 3 48 0 122
A- (2 seasons) A- 2 5 .286 9.61 16 10 0 0 0 0 39.1 37 42 42 3 40 0 54
FRk (1 season) FRk 4 4 .500 1.41 14 14 0 0 0 0 70.0 50 20 11 0 8 0 68
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/2/2012.
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