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.
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