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Tigers' top prospect Franklin Perez has lat strain, out 12 weeks

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Franklin Perez, ranked the Tigers’ top prospect by The Detroit News, is expected to miss at least 12 weeks recovering from a lat strain.

The team made the announcement Monday night. At this time, no surgery is required.

Perez, 20, a right-handed pitcher out of Venezuela, came to the Tigers last August in the blockbuster trade that sent Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros.

In parts of three minor-league seasons, he has a 3.33 ERA, 1.217 WHIP and 214 strikeouts in 203 innings. He split 2017 between high-A and Double-A ball, but has yet to pitch in a game in the Tigers’ system.

Baseball America and MLB Pipeline have Perez listed as the Tigers’ top prospect, just ahead of Alex Faedo, their first-round draft pick from last summer. MLB Pipeline has Perez listed as the No. 39 prospect in all of baseball.