Otters sign former Major Leaguer Perez, three others in early offseason signings
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters have signed four players in the early offseason months for the 2022 season, including former Major Leaguer Audry Perez along with Bryan Gonzalez, Yoel Yanqui, and Jake Polancic.
Perez, a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native, is a catcher with professional baseball experience since 2008 as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
The backstop was with the Cardinals organization through 2014, recording appearances with the MLB St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 and 2014. Perez served as a minor league call-up and backed up the likes of Tony Cruz and Yadier Molina.
From 2015-18, Perez played at the high Double-A and Triple-A levels of the Baltimore Orioles farm system.
Perez also played several seasons in the Dominican Winter League and has made international appearances representing the Dominican Republic.
In his minor league career, Perez batted .270 with 275 runs, 693 hits, 132 doubles, 68 home runs, and 376 RBIs. In 10 seasons in the Dominican Winter League, Perez has also tallied an additional 27 runs, 95 hits, 20 doubles, and 48 RBIs.
The Otters also signed catcher Bryan Gonzalez, who is from Venezuela and spent 2017 with the Dominican Summer League Dodgers, a foreign affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gonzalez also has independent baseball experience, playing in 2019 with the Alpine Cowboys and the Trinidad Triggers, both in the Pecos League.
Overall, in his career, Gonzalez has hit .257 with 33 runs, 14 doubles, 30 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.
Yanqui, from Cuba, is a utility player who can play first base and in the outfield. Yanqui has three seasons of affiliated experience with the Arizona Diamondbacks and one season of affiliated ball with the Cincinnati Reds, most recently with the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2021 at the Double-A level.
Yanqui’s combined minor league totals include a .284 batting average, 192 runs, 353 hits, 67 doubles, 17 triples, 20 home runs, 173 RBIs, and 47 stolen bases.
He also has played multiple seasons in the Dominican Summer and Winter Leagues as well as in the Cuban National Series.
Polancic is a right-handed pitcher out of Canada, who most recently played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association in 2021. Before 2021, Polancic spent four seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
The right-hander was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Polancic’s career totals include 68 appearances, a 6.19 ERA, 107.2 innings pitched, and 107 strikeouts.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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