Reigning Cy winner tells Marlins' top prospect he's coming to The Show

May 12th, 2023

, the Marlins' top prospect and baseball's 10th overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, received news of his promotion to the Majors on Wednesday.

When Pérez was called into Double-A manager Kevin Randel's office, the initial news was that Pérez would be promoted to Triple-A. Before being sent off to his new team, however, Pérez needed to go over a few things on the laptop he was presented with.

After a few moments of Pérez's highlights, an incoming call came on the laptop and showed a familiar face: , the Marlins' ace and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.

"I have bad news for you. I am going to have to see your face every day now, " Alcantara said in Spanish. "My brother, do you think you are ready to pitch in the Majors?"

That's not a bad way to find out about getting your call to The Show. In advance of Pérez's debut on Friday, Alcantara told a group of reporters in Miami what it felt like to break that news.

"[Telling] him that he's going to pitch in the big leagues, for me, that was an honor," Alcantara said.

When Pérez debuts for the Marlins, he will become the youngest pitcher (20 years, 27 days old) in franchise history to throw an MLB pitch, surpassing José Fernández (20 years, 250 days).

In six starts at Double-A this year, Pérez had a 2.32 ERA and struck out 42 batters in 31 innings.