Martín Jimenez Pérez…married Maria Gabriela Guevara on 12/17/22...has one daughter, Malena Kate (6/2/16), and son, Martin Jr. (6/19/19)...was part of Rangers 2014 Hispanic Caravan, visiting the Joseph J. Rhoads and Charles Rice Learning Centers in Dallas as well as attending a grant presentation at the Oak Cliff YMCA…also took part in the 2015 Texas Rangers Winter Caravan…has made donations to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in 2014-15-16-17 and helped fund the RBI program in Fort Worth…also contributed to the Venezuelan RBI team and the Robinson Chirinos Foundation… has donated funds to Sun Risas, Team Tourette and I Love Venezuela, and made a contribution to underwrite a bullpen at the Texas Rangers MLB Urban Youth Academy in West Dallas… participated in Rangers Fan Fest in January…hobbies include singing…favorite player growing up was Johan Santana.
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC:
As of February 15, Pérez was on the 30-man roster for Venezuela for the 2023 World Baseball Classic...would be his 2nd WBC appearance (2017)...2022: Selected to the MLB All-Star Game for the first time, Pérez produced a career year in his return to the Rangers… ranked among A.L. leaders in groundball pct. (2nd, 51.6%), HR/9 (2nd, 0.50), starts (T3rd, 32), quality starts (T3rd, 23), innings (5th, 196.1), opp. SLG (7th, .336), ERA (8th, 2.89), opp. OPS (9th, .646), opp. BA (11th, .241), H/9 (11th, 8.16)…posted career bests in ERA, WHIP (1.258), strikeouts, and SO/9 (7.75), while recording his second-most wins (12) and innings in a season…TEX was 20-12 in his 32 starts, as his starts accounted for 29.4% of club’s wins in 2022 (20 of 68)...HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?: His 2.89 ERA was the eighth-lowest qualifying figure in Rangers history (1972-2022), second-lowest in the last 39 seasons (beg. 1984) to only Yu Darvish’s 2.83 ERA in 2013…finished among A.L. pitching WAR leaders in measurements by baseball-reference (5th, 5.0), STATS LLC (7th, 4.2), and FanGraphs (8th, 3.8)…his 12 wins were most by a Ranger since 2019 (16-Lance Lynn, 14-Mike Minor) and his 22 quality starts were most for Texas since 2016 (22-Cole Hamels)...GOOD COMPANY: Over eight starts from 4/23-5/31, Pérez went undefeated with 6.0+ in each outing while allowing no HR and one-or-zero ER in each game…according to STATS LLC, the only other pitchers to compile those statistics over an 8-start span since stat became an official statistic in 1913 are Hall of Famers Walter Johnson (1913-14) and Bob Gibson (1968)...MY MAY MAN: Was voted American League Pitcher of the Month for May, his first career monthly award and first Ranger to receive it since Matt Harrison in June 2012…went 4-0, 0.64 ERA (3 ER/42.1 IP) in six starts in May (TEX went 6-0)…it was the second-lowest ERA in club history for any month by a Texas pitcher with 5+ starts (Yovani Gallardo, 0.54 in June 2015)… posted his 4th career CG and 3rd career CG SHO on 5/20 at HOU, first CG SHO by a Ranger since Kyle Gibson on 9/16/20 at HOU…retired final 16 BF to end outing on 5/31 vs. TB after being struck in right leg by a line drive in the 2nd inn...WIN STREAK: Over 15 starts from 5/10-7/29, produced a career-best streak of nine straight winning decisions, T4th-longest win streak in Rangers history (12-Cole Hamels, 2015-16; 12-Bobby Witt, 1990; 11-Fergie Jenkins, 1978-79; 9-Pérez, 2022; 9-Kenny Rogers, 2005), T2nd-longest single-season streak, and T2nd-longest by a left-hander…from 4/23-8/3, had streak of 19 consecutive starts without taking a loss, which is tied for longest run in Washington/Texas franchise history (also Hamels in 2015-16), as Pérez owns longest single-season unbeaten streak ever by a Texas starter…the nine-game win streak was T2nd-longest in the A.L. and T4th-longest in MLB in 2022. DAY-BY-DAY: Was 4-2, 1.42 (10 ER/63.1 IP) over first 10 G/ GS thru 5/31, with that ERA accounting for his lowest figure all year…career-best nine straight quality starts from 4/23-6/5 tied the longest streak in Rangers history (7th pitcher/9th instance)…had 4.91 ERA (20 ER/36.2 IP) over 6 GS from 6/11-7/9, raising season ERA from 1.56 to 2.72, although he had three quality starts and went 3-0 in that span…beginning 7/9, his season ERA would hover between 2.47 and 2.93 the rest of the way…ended the year with 30 straight starts with at least 5.0 IP (beg. 4/23/22), the longest such streak of his career, longest by a Ranger since Lance Lynn in 2019-20 (41, 4/28/19-9/24/20) and longest streak ever by a left-handed TEX starter...NO LONG BALLS: His 0.50 HR/9 is the fifth-lowest qualifying mark in TEX history, no HR allowed in final 8 GS/53.1 IP to end the year…HR allowed on 6/5 vs. SEA (Eugenio Suárez in the fourth), snapped homerless streaks overall (69.1 IP) and to open the season (66.1 IP)…the career-best 69.1-IP run had been the longest active streak in MLB, and the 66.1-IP streak to begin 2022 was the third-longest season-opening HR-less streak in Rangers history behind Mike Paul in 1972 (100.2 IP) and Francisco Cordero in 2004 (70.0 IP). NOTES: Tossed a perfect fifth inning in 2022 MLB All-Star Game (McNeil/Acuña Jr./Soto) on 7/17 at Dodger Stadium…retired 18 straight Astros to open game on 4/28 vs. HOU, 1st Texas pitcher to retire at least first 18 batters faced in a start since Mike Minor on 6/27/18 vs. SD (6.1 perfect IP)…had most winless quality starts in MLB in 2022 (13), tying club record in that category (also Nolan Ryan in 1992 and Kevin Brown in 1991)…his 51.6% GB pct. was 10th-lowest in a full qualifying season in TEX history…ranked among A.L. leaders in GIDP (T2nd, 20) and GIDP/9 (2nd, 0.92)…was given qualifying offer for 2023 season on 11/10, and offer was accepted on 11/15, ensuring his return. WAY BACK TEXAS: With the Rangers, Perez has gone 55-57 with a 4.28 ERA (455 ER/957.2 IP) in 173 games/160 starts, ranking among all-time club leaders in starts (7th), innings (10th), and wins (T11th)...among Texas left-handers all-time, the 2013 Rangers Rookie of the Year ranks in starts (2nd), innings (3rd), and wins (4th)…is also fourth all-time in opponent GIDP’s induced (142), and owns 2 highest single-season marks in club history (36 in 2016, 32 in 2017)…originally signed by Texas in July 2007 at 16 years old, the Venezuela native made his MLB debut with the Rangers in 2012 at the age of 21, and was rated as one of the organization’s top five prospects by Baseball America in five straight seasons from 2009-13...POSTSEASON: Pitched in relief 4 times in BOS’ 2021 6-G ALCS loss against Houston (3.0 IP, 5 R-4 ER), finishing three of Sox’ four defeats in the series…marks his only postseason action other than a start in 2015 ALDS Game 3 vs. TOR, taking loss in 5-1 Texas defeat (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R-ER) in matchup with Marco Estrada.
Finished 7-8, 4.74 (60 ER/114.0 IP) over 36 G/22 GS in his 2nd and final season in Boston…the Red Sox’ 5th starter to open the year, he pitched his regular turn in the rotation through early August, when he was moved to the bullpen…had the best SO/9 (7.7) and SO/BB (2.69) figures of his career…missed 14 games on the COVID-19 Related Injured List from 8/30-9/13…Red Sox declined club option for 2022 on 11/7/21.
SUMMARY: Was 0-1, 5.71 (11 ER/17.1 IP) in 4 G/GS through 4/23, then went 4-1, 1.98 (9 ER/41.0 IP) in next seven starts through 6/3 to drop ERA to season-low 3.09…over his final 11 starts from 6/8-8/5, had a 7.13 ERA (33 ER/41.2 IP) to raise season figure to 4.77…beginning the next night – 8/6 at TOR – would make 14 relief appearances to end the year, with a 4.50 ERA (7 ER/14.0 IP) in that span to finish at 4.74.
BY THE NUMBERS: Finished 7-8, 4.77 (53 ER/100.0 IP) in 22 starts and 0-0, 4.50 (7 ER/14.0 IP) in 14 relief outings…allowed only 1 HR to his 104 LHB faced (former teammate Rougned Odor on 7/25 vs. NYY)…in two years with the Red Sox, had a 5.58 ERA (57 ER/92.0 IP) and .871 opp. OPS at Fenway, along with 3.64 ERA (34 ER/84.0 IP) and .732 opp. OPS in road games… made his 6th Opening Day roster (2014-16-17-19-20-21)…on 6/3 at HOU, allowed no runs in a season-high 7.2 IP...was one of only two pitchers to work 7.0+ shutout innings vs. HOU in 2021 (also Gerrit Cole on 7/10 at HOU).
Made his Red Sox debut and led the club in starts (12) and innings (62.0 IP)...Allowed 10 ER in his first and last starts combined, but in his other 10 outings, he posted a 3.57 ERA and a .211 opponent AVG (53.0 IP, 40 H, 21 ER)...Made three starts in which he threw at least 6.0 innings, allowed one or zero runs, and did not earn a win...that was tied for the most such starts in the majors in 2020 (3 others)...In six road starts, went 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA and .207 opponent AVG (30.2 IP, 12 ER, 23 H).
In his first 8 starts of the season (4/15-5/23), went 6-1 with a 2.17 ERA and a .221 opponent AVG (49.2 IP, 40 H, 12 ER, 17 BB, 44 SO)...Allowed 0 or 1 ER in 5 of those...Allowed only 1 run in a 3-start span from 4/26-5/6 (21.0 IP), which included 8.0 scoreless innings on 5/1 vs. HOU (4 H) and 7.0 scoreless innings on 5/6 at TOR (2 H)...In his only start against BOS in 2019, earned the win in a 2-1 Twins victory on 9/5 (6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R).
Began season on 10-day disabled recovering from right elbow surgery; reinstated April 5...Went 2-3, 9.67 ERA (22.1 IP, 24 ER) in five April starts...Placed back on disabled list April 30 with right elbow discomfort related to the offseason surgery...Made three starts at three different stops on rehab assignment, Single-A Hickory, Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, going 2-0, 0.52 ERA (17.1 IP, 1 ER); reinstated July 13. Moved to the bullpen to finish the season after making 13 starts for the Rangers April 5-August 25, going 2-6, 6.95 ERA (68.2 IP, 53 ER)....Held left-handed hitters to a .271 batting average and right-handers to a .347 average.
Led staff in wins (career-high 13), starts (32), and innings (185.0)…also established a career high in strikeouts (115), 2nd on club (Darvish-148)…had team highs in losses (12) and hits allowed (221), both the highest figures of his career…opponents batted .301/.359/.453/.812, 2nd-highest BA and 5th-highest OBP among A.L. starters…his 1.535 WHIP was 7th-highest in A.L., also 9th-highest in club history by a qualifier…ranked among A.L.'s top 10 in following categories: hits allowed (2nd, 221), runs allowed (5th, 108), earned runs (T6th, 99), walks (T8th, 63)... On the 10-day DL 6/23-7/2 with a fracture/laceration at the tip of his right thumb…did not require a rehab assignment…sustained injury when he caught his thumb in the hinge section of a hotel room door on evening of 6/22 in New York... Opened year by going 2-5 with a 3.77 ERA (24 ER/57.1 IP) after 10 starts through 5/24, with 4 of those 5 losses coming in a span of 4 starts from 4/19-5/6 in which the Texas offense totaled 7 runs…in next 11 starts from 5/29-8/4, went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA (47 ER/59.2 IP) to raise ERA to a season-high 5.46…gave up 7+ runs in back-to-back starts to end that stretch… over final 11 starts beginning 8/9, went 8-2 with a 3.71 ERA (28 ER/68.0 IP) in 11 G/GS to drop final ERA from 5.46 to 4.82.. Won a career-best 7 consecutive starts (zero no decisions) from 8/9-9/8, T2nd-longest streak by a Texas starter in team history and longest since Kenny Rogers in 2005 (club-record 8)…the 7-G win streak (including no-decisions) ranked T4th in the A.L. in 2017 and T7th in MLB…became just the 3rd pitcher in Rangers history to win at least 6 straight starts on 2-or-more occasions (also 8/5-9/3/13), joining Rogers (3x) and Fergie Jenkins (2x).
Went 10-11, 4.39 (97 ER/198.2 IP) over a team-high 33 starts, establishing numerous career highs in his 1st full season in the big leagues…his career-high 198.2 innings were the 6thmost by a Texas pitcher age 25-or-younger and the most since Jose Guzman had 206.2 in 1988…set a club record with a MLhigh 36 GIDP.
Returned from left elbow surgery and went 3-6, 4.46 (39 ER/78.2 IP) in 14 starts after the All-Star break…logged eight quality starts from Aug. 1 through the end of the season to match Cole Hamels for the club lead.
Went 4-3 with a 4.38 ERA (25 ER/51.1 IP) over 8 starts with Texas before elbow surgery...ranked 5th on staff in wins and T7th with 8 starts, and his 2 shutouts were T2nd-most in the A.L. in what would have been his first full season in the majors...selected Rangers April Player of the Month.
A permanent member of the Texas rotation after his second recall on June 22, Perez went 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA (50 ER/124.1 IP) in 20 games/starts…his 10 wins ranked T2nd among Rangers, and his 20 starts were 3rd on club…ranked among A.L. rookie leaders in wins (T1st), ERA (2nd), starts (3rd), innings (3rd), quality starts (3rd, 11), strikeouts (4th, 84), and opponents average (4th, .267)…was called on to start club's game no. 163, and took the loss in the Wild Card tiebreaker against Tampa Bay…was vying for a spot in Opening Day rotation in March, but began the year on the Rangers' 15-day disabled list with a fractured bone in his left forearm and stayed in Arizona when the club broke camp.
Recalled to Texas on June 26 and appeared in 12
games/6 starts across 3 stints with the club, including 3 starts
down the stretch in September...was the 3rd-youngest pitcher
to earn a win at the major league level in 2012...was the youngest active player in Triple-A at the time of his initial promotion
in June...allowed just one HR to a left-handed batter all year.
TEXAS: Went 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA (23 ER/38.0 IP) across 3
separate stints with the club: June 26-July 17, July 23-31, and
Sept. 1 to the end of the season...was 1-4 with a 5.88 ERA (17
ER/26.0 IP) in 6 starts with a 4.50 ERA (6 ER/12.0 IP) in 6 relief
outings...opponents batted .297 (47-158), .240 (12-50) by lefties
and .324 (35-108) by right-handers.
SUMMARY: Recalled from Round Rock (AAA) on June 26
when Colby Lewis was placed on the disabled list and made
ML debut the following night versus Detroit...entered in 8th inning with Texas up 11-5 (0.2 IP, 4 R-ER)...earned win in next
outing, his first ML start, on June 30 vs. Oakland (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2
R-ER)...became the 5th-youngest Ranger (21 years, 87 days)
ever to win a start for Texas, youngest since Ed Correa (21.059)
on June 27, 1987 vs. Minnesota (G1)...posted first career quality
start on July 6 vs. Minnesota, but exited trailing 4-1 and took the
loss...was optioned back to Round Rock on July 18 upon Lewis'
activation from the disabled list...was recalled just 5 days later
on July 23 when Lewis returned to the disabled list...started July
24 vs. Boston, taking a no decision despite his second straight
quality start (6.0 IP, 1 R)...optioned back to Round Rock August
1 to make room for Ryan Dempster...recalled for 3rd and final
stint on Sept. 1...appeared out of the bullpen in first 3 Sept. appearances with 1.93 ERA (2 ER/9.1 IP), 8 strikeouts, 3 walks...
rejoined rotation Sept. 21 at Seattle and went 0-3, 12.46 (12
ER/8.2 IP) in 3 starts...lasted 0.2 innings (5 R) in loss on Sept.
26 vs. Oakland in the shortest start by a Ranger since Derek
Holland lasted 0.2 IP on July 2, 2011 vs. FLA, the only 2 outings
that short in non-injury or ejection-related starts by Rangers in
the last 5 seasons (2008-12).
ROUND ROCK: Went 7-6 with a 4.25 ERA (60 ER/127.0 IP)
over 22 games/21 starts with the Express...opened the season
as the youngest active player in Triple-A...finished T2nd in the
PCL with 2 complete games...held left-handed batters to .230
(37-161), while right-handed batters hit .272 (85-312)...surrendered 9 of his 10 HR to RH batters...was 3-2 with a 3.98 ERA (18
ER/40.2 IP) over first 7 starts...went winless in 6 starts from May
14-June 10, posting a 7.48 ERA (23 ER/27.2 IP) with 15 strikeouts, 15 walks, and opponents' batting .370 (44-119)...beginning
with start on June 15, went 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA (19 ER/58.2
IP) over last 9 games/8 starts with Round Rock...combined with
Mark Hamburger on a 4-hit shutout June 15 vs. Oklahoma City
(7.0 IP, 1 H)...fired first 9.0-inning complete game of his career in
6-2 win vs. Iowa...did not allow a hit until a 2-out, solo home run
by Josh Vitters in the 4th inning...had totaled 8.2 hitless innings
dating back to his previous start prior to the long ball...promoted
to Arlington following that start...logged a quality start in 3 of his
final 4 outings, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA (9 ER/30. IP) during
that stretch...tossed 2nd complete game of the season on Aug.
15 at Reno (9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R-0 ER), retiring 11 of final 13 batters
after taking comebacker off leg.
Combined to go 8-6 with a 4.33 ERA (66 ER/137.1 IP) in
27 games/26 starts between Frisco (AA) and Round Rock (AAA)...
held opposition to a .284 average (152-536) with LH batters at
.252 (34-135) and RH batters at .294 (118-401)...logged career
highs in both starts (26) and innings (137.1)...surrendered just one
of his 10 home runs to a lefty...began the season with Frisco and
tossed the second perfect game in RoughRiders history on April
19 at Arkansas, retiring all 15 batters he faced in a 6.0-inning, rainshortened contest...was the winning pitcher in the 2011 Texas
League All-Star Game and appeared in the All-Star Futures Game
at Chase Field in July.
Spent entire season with Frisco...was one of the youngest
players in the Texas League throughout the campaign...finished
T10th in TL in strikeouts...was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (2 ER/4.0 IP) as
a reliever and 4-8 with a 6.02 ERA (64 ER/95.2 IP) as a starter...
held opposing left-handed batters to a .267 average (36-135), while
opponents batted .290 (117-404) overall...limited opponents to a
.167 average (24-144) when ahead in the count...allowed 2-or-fewer
earned runs in 14-of-24 outings...on DL June 1-12 with a cracked
nail on the middle finger of his left hand...allowed season-high 8
runs over 1.1 innings on June 18 at Corpus Christi...tossed seasonhigh 7.0 shutout innings in next start on June 23 at Midland...on DL
Aug. 7-21 with back strain...recorded quality start in lone playoff
start on September 9 vs. Midland, allowing one run over 6.0 innings
and recording 7 strikeouts...was 1-3 with a 6.50 ERA (13 ER/18.0
IP) over 7 games/4 starts with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter
Spent the majority of the campaign in Hickory before promotion to Frisco for season's final 4 weeks...named Rangers
Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year after combining to go
6-8, 2.90 (37 ER/114.2 IP) with one save and 119 strikeouts in 27
games/19 starts...entered the season ranked as the Rangers' 5thbest prospect according to Baseball America...tabbed South Atlantic
League's top prospect by Baseball America following the season...
was 1-1, 1.84 (6 ER/29.1 IP) as a reliever and 5-7, 3.27 (31 ER/85.1
IP) as a starter...tossed 4.0 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts in
first start on April 11 vs. Bowling Green, combining with Tyler Tufts
and Fabio Castillo on a 7-inning no-hitter...selected to the SAL
League All-Star Game, tossing scoreless inning of relief with 2 K's...
earned Rangers' Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors in July,
going 3-0, 1.08 (3 ER/25.0 IP) with 24 strikeouts over 5 games/4
starts...promoted to Frisco on Aug. 10...at 18, was the youngest
player to finish the season at the Double-A level...went 1-2, 2.51 (4
ER/14.1 IP) with 7 strikeouts over last 3 starts of season...logged
season-high 6.0 innings in final start, recording first quality start of
Spent first professional season in the rotation
at Spokane...rated by Baseball America as the 2nd-best prospect
in the NWL and 5th-best prospect in the Texas system...at 17, was
the youngest player in the NWL...led staff with 15 starts and finished
3rd with 53 strikeouts...held lefties to a .197 (14-71) mark...opposition batted just .198 (16-81) with RISP...earned first pro win on Aug.
25 at Tri-City with 5.0 shutout frames...took no-decision in his lone
postseason start, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs over 4.0 IP.