Eury Perez has a reputation.
In some circles, that's not a good sign. But in baseball, it means everything.
Perez's 2009 season became his business card as the Hagerstown Suns outfielder was selected to play for the World Team in Major League Baseball's Futures Game today in Anaheim, Calif., as part of the kickoff to the All-Star break.
Perez has had success as the Suns' center fielder this season, but the 20-year-old got everyone's attention by dominating the Gulf Coast League last year.
"I showed what I could do with the year I had last year," Perez said through the translation of Suns catcher Adrian Nieto. "I showed flashes last year and proved I could play. It all preceded my game this year."
Perez signed with the Nationals as a free agent in 2007 at age 16. He broke through by leading the GCL with a .381 batting average for the GCL Nationals to win the league hitting title by nearly 50 points. He added three home runs and 16 stolen bases to help lead the Nationals to the GCL championship.