|Profile: Perez was a bit of a journeyman before 2016, making it into 156 Major League games from 2012-15 as a part-time player for the Tigers and Brewers with an uninspiring .558 OPS and just one home run. He changed his career course entirely last year, hitting .272/.302/.428 with 13 homers in 123 games for Milwaukee split mostly between third base and right field, although he did appear at least once at every position except catcher and pitcher. Perez has always preferred to face southpaws, but he was particularly efficient against them in his breakout campaign, posting a solid .787 OPS with six of his homers coming against lefties. Perez was also impressive on the basepaths, swiping 34 bases while being caught just seven times. The Venezuelan native is entering just his age-26 season, so while his breakout wasn't fully skill supported, it is entirely possible that he could sustain -- or even improve. Fantasy owners in all formats should certainly take notice of Perez given his bit of pop and stolen-base potential, especially considering Milwaukee’s propensity to run, although his starting role may be a bit in question following the acquisition of Travis Shaw. That said, he only needed 430 plate appearances to excel last year. (Dylan Higgins)|
The Quick Opinion: Perez broke out as a valuable fantasy option with Milwaukee in 2016, and although his track record of success is short, there are certainly signs that suggest he could contribute on the basepaths (if not at the plate) once again next season. However, his draft ranking may heavily depend on the Brewers’ starting lineup plans following the acquisition of Travis Shaw in the offseason.