Continuing a trend of proceeding forward with younger players, the Milwaukee Brewers claimed infielder Hernan Perez off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
Infielder Elian Herrera was designated for assignment to clear room for Perez on the 25-man roster.
Perez has shown promise in the minor leagues but has yet to see that carry over to success at the next level. He is a career .160 hitter in 66 big-league games, including a 2-for-33 mark with the Tigers in 2015.
The 24-year-old hit .287 with six home runs and 53 RBI for Triple-A Toledo in 2014 and .301 with four home runs and 39 RBI between Toledo and Double-A Erie in 2013.
Signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela in 2007, Perez made his major-league debut with Detroit in 2012. The most big-league games he’s played in a single season is 34 in 2013.
Perez has seen time with the Tigers at second base, shortstop, third base and first base.
Herrera hit .212 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 38 games with the Brewers this season. The 30-year-old homered in three consecutive games from May 10-12 but is hitting just .190 with one extra-base hit since.
Because of his defensive versatility, there’s a chance Herrera gets claimed by a team in need of a utility infielder.
With a record of 18-34, the Brewers have recently begun to go with younger options in the bullpen and in the starting rotation. Replacing Herrera with a player six years younger certainly fits the bill.