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Cionel Félix Pérez Viera (born April 21, 1996) is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). In 2016 he signed with the Astros as an international free agent. Perez made his Major League debut in 2018.

Cionel Pérez
Houston Astros – No. 51
Born: (1996-04-21) April 21, 1996 (age 23)
La Habana, Cuba
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 11, 2018, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record1–1
Earned run average6.64


Pérez played two seasons for Matanzas of the Cuban National Series. In September 2016, he signed a deal worth $5.15 million with the Houston Astros as an international free agent.[1] The contract was voided in October due an issue in his physical.[2] In December, he agreed to a new deal with the Astros worth 2 million.[3][4]

Pérez made his professional debut with the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2017. He was later that season promoted to the Buies Creek Astros and Corpus Christi Hooks. In 21 total games (16 starts) between the three clubs, he posted a 6-4 record and 4.13 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP.[5][6] The Astros added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[7] Perez made his Major League debut on July 11, 2018.[8] In 2019, he played for the GCL Astros, Fayetteville Woodpeckers, and the Round Rock Express, going 3–1 with a 4.94 ERA over 54.2 innings. He appeared in 5 games for the Astros in 2019, going 1–1 with a 10.00 ERA over 9 innings.


  1. ^ "Astros agree to terms with Cuban lefthander Cionel Perez". Houston Chronicle. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Astros void deal with Cuban arm Cionel Perez". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Astros, Cuban lefty Cionel Perez agree to deal". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Astros sign Cuban pitcher Cionel Perez to revised deal". Houston Chronicle. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Cionel Perez Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Astros top pitching prospects Perez, Whitley headed to Hooks". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Astros protect two prospects from Rule 5 Draft". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Astros Balls & Strikes: Cionel Perez makes his MLB debut". Houston Chronicle. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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