KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This time last year, Martin Perez was on the mound for one inning in the Futures Game and put three runners on base and allowed a run. Now, he's in the Texas Rangers clubhouse while minor leaguers Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt get their shot at playing in this showcase game for top prospects.
"You have to try to stay calm and remember it's the same thing as pitching in Double-A or Triple-A except for the stadium," Perez said on Saturday in Arlington. "It was the first time I got a chance to pitch in a big league stadium and that was different for me."
Profar was also in the game last year and hit a pinch-hit triple in the sixth inning to give the World Team the lead.
"It was a good experience and a lot of players from that game end up in the big leagues," Perez said. "I had to figure some things out and I'm still doing that. I'm happy to be here."