Williams Perez, 23, pitched 6.1 innings in Grapefruit League games and posted a 12.79 ERA with six strikeouts, four walks and a .438 batting average allowed.
Eury Perez, 24, was looking to secure a bench spot. His ability to play center field is an asset because Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) is on the shelf and the Braves need someone who can spell Eric Young Jr., the projected starter on opening day
Now it appears Phil Gosselin could serve as a backup centerfielder to begin the season even though he lacks professional experience at the position. Gosselin started in center in Friday’s exhibition game against the Red Sox.
“Just looking for someone to complement ‘E.Y.’ until Melvin gets healthy,” Gonzalez said. “Why not a guy that’s in camp that you feel like you can trust?”