Salvador Perez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 255 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/10/1990 (32)
Salvador Perez Season Stats
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Salvador Perez News
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is close with new Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol, his former catching instructor and bench coach with the Royals. They are so close, it stands to reason that the White Sox might think about asking for Perez in a trade. The 32-year-old regressed offensively from his 48-home run, .859 OPS campaign in 2021 and he will earn $20 million in 2023, occupying around one-fourth of KC's payroll. Perez is also guaranteed $20 million in 2024, $22 million in 205 and a $2 million buyout on a $13.5 million club option in 2026. But the Royals aren't inclined to trade Perez, and certainly not to a team within their division. He's the last remaining player from the 2015 World Series team, and the Royals view him as an important piece of their offense. Teams aren't even bothering to ask about his availability, according to major-league sources.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) isn't in Wednesday's lineup for a matchup with the Cleveland Guardians and right-handed starter Aaron Civale. The veteran is batting .254 with a .292 on-base percentage and 23 home runs for the Royals this year in 473 plate appearances. Sebastian Rivero will start behind the plate instead and hit eighth. Rivero is batting .174 with a .240 on-base percentage in 26 plate appearances for Kansas City this season. Fantasy managers in search of streaming help behind the plate are probably better off looking elsewhere.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cleveland Guardians. Perez will miss another game, and it remains to be seen if he'll play in the regular season finale on Wednesday. If the 32-year-old backstop cannot return on Wednesday, he'll finish his 2022 season with a .254/.292/.465 slash line with 23 home runs, 76 RBI and 48 runs scored in 473 plate appearances over 114 games. Perez took a step back after hitting a career-high 48 long balls and driving in 121 in 161 games last year, but the seven-time All-Star should remain one of the best power-hitting fantasy catchers in 2023. MJ Melendez is behind the dish again on Tuesday and is hitting leadoff against Guardians right-hander Cal Quantrill.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has been one of the top backstops in the fantasy world for nearly a decade but he took his offensive game to a whole other level in 2021. Perez, whose previous career-high of 27 HR was considered excellent for a catcher, suddenly went on a year-long power binge and finished with 48 HR, tying Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the Major League lead. He also drove in 121 runs and scored 88 times - 17 more than the next closest catcher (Will Smith). The crazy part is that he should have put up even better numbers. Statcast shows his xHR (expected home runs) was 52 based on his 99th percentile Barrel rate. If his 2021 season looks like an outlier, it may not be. He had been increasing his Brl% for four straight seasons and every supporting metric shows that his counting stats were deserved. Perez may not reach quite the same heights but he is an asset that can't be ignored for long on draft day given the enormous advantage he provides at the worst offensive position. Perez shouldn't escape beyond the first 40 picks and can be considered a top-30 selection in two-catcher leagues.