Valencia- Cougar sophomore second baseman Juan Perez was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday afternoon. He was picked with the 805th selection in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The 6’1″, 183 pound sophomore out of Cleveland High School earned first team all-conference accolades and was named the Western State Conference player of the year after leading the Cougars on both offense and on defense.
Perez completed his sophomore campaign finishing second in the conference with a .397 batting average and 54 hits. The infielder led the Western State Conference with a stellar .479 on base percentage. Perez also racked up 33 runs, 13 doubles, 2 home runs, 35 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.
In last years First-Year Player Draft, COC freshman outfielder, Cal Vogelsang was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 37th round but elected to return to school. A tough decision awaits Juan Perez as he must choose between transferring to a four year university or signing a minor league contract with the Reds.
COC freshman pitcher, David Haerle was selected with the 1180th pick by the Houston Astros.
Also drafted from local high schools:
-pitcher Tyler Glasnow of Hart High School was taken 152nd overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
-pitcher Scott Barlow of Golden Valley High School was taken 194th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers.