If you’re thinking about joining the Juan Perez bandwagon, go ahead and jump on – it’s all aboard at this point.
The 26-year-old rookie has made a strong impression over just seven games in the major leagues, both at the plate and on the field. Perez is batting .421 (8-for-19) with a walk and three RBI, the last of which was the eighth-inning go ahead run on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.
Perez’s coaches and teammates have noticed his contribution to the team, with manager Bruce Bochy noting his throw home in the seventh inning to nab Mark Kotsay and save a run.
“He made a throw that I didn’t even think he had a chance. He saved the game for us. He won the game for us,” said Bochy.
“[He's] something we need right now. We’re banged up and he’s been a shot in the arm for us…he’s only going to get better.”
Perez currently has four assists in seven games, which already leads the team. The last Giants rookie to have at least four outfield assists was eight years ago, when Jason Ell