The 2021 season will be Perez’s fourth year as a manager in the minors. He owns a career record of 127-145, all with Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated clubs. He spent the 2019 season as the manager for the Greensboro Grasshoppers. He led Greensboro to a 79-59 record and a third-place finish. Prior to the 2019 season, Perez spent both the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the manager for the Bristol Pirates in the Appalachian League.
Perez’s coaching career started with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014. His first job in coaching was in the South Atlantic League, coaching third base for the West Virginia Power, under former Curve manager Michael Ryan.
As a player, Perez was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a non-drafted free agent on November 15, 2000. He made his professional debut with the VSL Reds in 2001. Perez spent the majority of the 2005 season with Sarasota in the Florida State League, where he was named to the All-Star team. He was also named as the Reds minor league Defensive-Player-of-the-Year that season. Perez made his major league debut on September 7, 2005 for the Reds against the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the first player from Guatire, Miranda, Venezuela to make the major leagues.
Perez is a native of Guatire, Miranda, Venezuela and resides in Guatire with his wife Mariafernanda Lara, who is a former gymnast for the Venezuelan Rhythmic Gymnastics team. He has one daughter: Vanessa (14) and one stepdaughter, Jenifer (11).