Félix Pérez Cardoso
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- Born November 14, 1984 in Isla de la Juventud Cuba
Outfielder Félix Pérez began his professional career in 2010.
Pérez debuted for Isla de la Juventud in 2005-2006, hitting .246/.291/.359 and pitched briefly (5 BB, 4 R in 3 2/3 IP). In 2006-2007, he pitched worse (5 H, 2 R in 1 2/3 IP) and hit .287/.344/.345. He hit .257/.351/.384 in 2007-2008. He finished among the Cuban Serie Nacional leaders only in negative areas: caught stealing (11, 1st, despite only 5 steal successes), double play grounders (23, tied for second with Joan Carlos Pedroso) and strikeouts (57, tied for 7th with Yosvani Lazo). He then defected from Cuba, with his career batting line there an unimpressive .264/.337/.366 in a hitter-friendly environment.
Signed by the Cincinnati Reds (Richard Jimenez was the scout), the Cuban has hit over .300 twice in his first four seasons in the USA. He split 2010 between the DSL Reds (.429/.486/.587, 14 RBI in 16 G), the Lynchburg Hillcats (.338/.397/.462 in 16 G) and the Carolina Mudcats (.266/.325/.360 in 35 G), for a composite .322 average. He made 8 errors in 2011 for Carolina while hitting .257/.298/.361; he was also 7 for 34 with two walks and a homer for the Louisville Bats. His 8 errors were two shy of Southern League leader Kevin Mattison. He hit .301/.348/.401 for Louisville in 2012 and had 16 assists, one behind leader Brett Carroll. The singles hitter was 6th in the 2012 International League in average, between Kevin Frandsen and Justin Henry. He hit .277/.327/.390 for the Aguilas del Zulia in the 2012-2013 Venezuelan League; he led the league in times caught stealing (7 or 8 out of 10 tries, depending on the source). He improved to .327/.386/.429 in the postseason.
He fielded .995 for Louisville in 2013 and had 9 assists; he batted .262/.315/.385. Back with Zulia, he batted .260/.337/.447 with 7 home runs in the regular season. In 122 games for Louisville in 2014, Perez hit .280/.325/.450 with 12 home runs and 74 RBI. He was 8th in the 2014 International League in RBI. With the Leones del Caracas that winter, he batted .360/.393/.572 with 9 home runs and 38 RBI in 56 games. He was second in the Venezuelan League in average (.012 behind Odubel Herrera), was 8th in OBP, ranked 2nd in slugging (.039 behind Alex Gonzalez), was 3rd in OPS (after Gonzalez and Herrera), was second with 40 runs (3 behind Ali Castillo), led with 80 hits (3 over Herrera), tied Niuman Romero for 2nd in doubles (16), tied Gonzalez for 3rd in home runs, tied Balbino Fuenmayor for 5th in RBI and led with 127 total bases (12 over Herrera). He was named MVP of the finals as well. He hit .176/.300/.294 in the 2015 Caribbean Series.
He played for the Sultanes de Monterrey in 2015 and hit .312/.390/.580 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 94 games. He was 3rd in the Mexican League in slugging (behind only Japhet Amador and Jorge Cantú), 5th in OPS, 9th in doubles and tied for 8th in home runs (with Hector Gimenez). He played for Caracas again that winter and produced at a .332/.425/.545 clip with 20 doubles in 55 games. He was 8th in average (between Gorkys Hernández and José Osuna), 4th in OBP (between Alex Cabrera and Mario Lissón), 3rd in slugging (after Cabrera and Rangel Ravelo), 3rd in OPS (after Ravelo and Cabrera), led in doubles (3 over José Martínez), tied Gonzalez for 8th in home runs, tied Brian Burgamy and Eliezer Alfonzo for 7th in RBI (34) and tied for 4th in walks. He again supplemented another team in the Caribbean Series, this time joining the Tigres de Aragua. He hit .200/.407/.200 with 7 walks in six games to lead the Series (two over Alex Romero). He also made a couple errors at first, including a crucial one with a two-run lead in the 7th inning of the finale against Mexico's Venados de Mazatlán that enabled them to score the tying run en route to a comeback win.
He played for Monterrey and the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2016, hitting .304/.371/.543 with 19 home runs and 68 RBI between them - only .244/.286/.442 with 5 HR in 22 G for Rakuten, .315/.391/.562 with 14 HR in 64 G for Monterrey. With Monterrey in 2017, he batted .284/.359/.500 with 6 home runs and 23 RBI in 28 games.
- 2013 Reds Media Guide