“I think their confidence is growing,” Snitker said. “They are really starting to believe in themselves and they keep adding on to what I saw a year ago.”
One change Perez added was more command of his secondary pitches. He worked on his two-seam fastball and his breaking balls in Triple-A. He also worked on his delivery. The result has been a tighter glove hand motion that helps him disguise his pitches to batters.
“I worked on it in the bullpen sessions, and I put it in the game,” Perez said. “I got it worked out in Triple-A and it’s good now.”
Overall, the results have been great. This season, Perez is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA. He also has 10 strikeouts and owns a 1.13 WHIP. This has caused Snitker to keep him in the starting rotation as the fourth starter.
“As they get out there, they start believing in themselves and trusting their stuff,” Snitker said. “I think this is where we are trying to go with them.”
Perez will start against Miami’s Adam Conley on Friday in Game 1 of the weekend series.