Salvador Perez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 255 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/10/1990 (31)
Salvador Perez Season Stats
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Salvador Perez News
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez wrapped up the best season of his 11-year career on Sunday. He finished the year with an MLB-leading 121 RBI and he also tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead in home runs with 48. He scored 88 runs and slashed .273/.316/.544 across the season. The 31-year-old had never topped 27 home runs or 80 RBI in a single season before this year. His career year was fueled by some elite power peripherals. He had a 56.2% hard-hit rate, which ranked in the 99th percentile, and he also ranked in the 94th percentile in both average exit velocity (93 mph) and xSLG (.554). While it will be hard for him to repeat anything like this next year, it's also going to be hard to justify taking another catcher over him in fantasy drafts next spring.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (ankle) is in his usual No. 3 spot in the lineup for Thursday's game against Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians. He's playing designated hitter in the game. Perez sprained his ankle after tripping on the steps in the team's dugout during Wednesday's game. He was removed from the game and replaced by Cam Gallagher. It's great to see Perez back in the lineup just a day after the injury as he is chasing down a home run crown. He's homered in two straight games and he has an MLB-leading 48 homers on the year.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (ankle) left Wednesday's contest with a right ankle sprain, according to the team. The 31-year-old picked up the injury while backing up on a double play. It remains to be seen if Perez will miss the rest of the season with the ailment, as he has a chance of hitting 50 home runs. With 48 HR on the season, the most by a catcher in any season, Perez has had a magical year that has surely propelled fantasy managers to a title.
Salvador Perez put up huge numbers in his return to KC, slashing .333/.353/.633 with 11 HR in just 156 PAs. One major reason why was his .375 BABIP, nearly 100 points higher than his career mark of .287. The reason for the jump was an LD% spike (20.4% in 2018, 27% last year) that probably won't prove sustainable, so fantasy managers should expect significant regression in 2021. He also has terrible plate discipline (1.9 BB%, 23.1 K% with a 47.2% chase rate in 2020) that makes him a significant batting average risk. Furthermore, Perez benefited from a HR/FB surge last season (25.6% vs. 14.8% in '18) despite seeing his average airborne exit velocity hold steady (94 mph last year, 94.3 in 2018). His rate of Brls/BBE improved from 10.8% to 13.9% in that time frame, but that looks like small sample size noise considering that Perez's FB% also declined (45% to 37.4%). The 30-year-old Perez still projects as one of the best catchers available on draft day, but he's unlikely to provide the raw statistics you'd expect from an ADP of 81.48. You're better off taking a better player instead and figuring your catching situation out later.