Salvador Perez
Salvador Perez
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Kansas City Royals
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 3/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Perez's 2018 got off to an ominous start. He slipped lifting a suitcase on the eve of Opening Day, suffering a Grade 2 MCL tear. His debut was delayed until April 24, but after that, Perez was his usual durable self, playing nearly every day until missing a week with a sprained thumb in late August. The injury continued to bother Perez the rest of the way and required lateral collateral ligament reconstruction after the season. Perez tied his career high with 27 homers though he recorded a career-low .234 average. The low average was surprising since Perez set personal bests in exit velocity and hard-hit rate, suggesting his .245 BABIP was artificially low. Perez is expected to fully recover from the thumb surgery in time for a full spring training. He should be good for his normal 130 or so games, providing plus power with an improved average. He should again be one of the first backstops off the board, buoyed by batting in the heart of the Royals' order. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $52 million contract extension with the Royals in March of 2016.
Throws from 45 feet
CKansas City Royals
Elbow
August 5, 2019
Perez (elbow) threw from 45 feet Monday, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez has been out all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He won't play at any point this year, but the fact that he's throwing nearly eight months before the start of the 2020 campaign is a good sign for his availability for next year's Opening Day.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+1%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .745 296 28 16 42 0 .249 .291 .454
Since 2017vs Right .753 746 81 38 118 2 .251 .283 .470
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .702 150 11 6 15 0 .241 .293 .409
2018vs Right .717 394 41 21 65 1 .233 .266 .450
2017vs Left .788 146 17 10 27 0 .257 .288 .500
2017vs Right .794 352 40 17 53 1 .272 .301 .493
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Since 2017
 
 
+17%
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+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+41%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .690 515 51 17 67 1 .240 .280 .410
Since 2017Away .810 527 58 37 93 1 .261 .290 .520
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .721 272 25 11 35 0 .241 .290 .431
2018Away .705 272 27 16 45 1 .230 .257 .447
2017Home .654 243 26 6 32 1 .239 .267 .387
2017Away .923 255 31 21 48 0 .295 .325 .598
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When healthy, Perez is one of the few bell cow catchers left in the league. Unfortunately, he needed a two-week stint on the disabled list in August with a strained intercostal -- his first visit since being concussed in 2013. Despite failing to reach 500 plate appearances for the first time since 2012 (falling one short), Perez set career highs with 27 homers and 80 RBI, while tying 2016's career best 57 runs scored. An increase in HR/FB fueled by a higher hard contact rate drove the power surge. Perez remained allergic to walks, drawing a free pass in just 3.4 percent of his trips to the dish. The 27-year old backstop aggravated his side in September, but is expected to be healthy in the spring. While some regression in power is likely, note his ISO has increased every season since 2013. Not only does Perez play almost every day, he hits high up in the order, making him a great target for those not afraid to invest in a catcher.
On the surface, Perez's 2016 season was essentially a repeat of the prior campaign, with a small, but not unreasonable drop in batting average. A closer look, however, reveals the lower average resulted from a disconcerting decline in contact rate, the skill Perez relies on most for production as he rarely walks and in recent years has carried a below-average BABIP. Digging deeper, Perez's numbers on fastballs didn't change, but his strikeouts rose precipitously when facing breaking pitches and changeups. On the plus side, Perez surpassed the 20-homer plateau for the second straight season, enjoying an increase in isolated power for the third consecutive year. The big question is whether the still just 26-year-old backstop will improve against offspeed and breaking stuff. He'll continue to play more than most at the position, so assuming Perez's stock takes a hit from the low average, there's a nice buying opportunity here.
It only feels like Perez catches 267 games a season, but he still plays a lot of games behind the plate. While he is a fantastic receiver behind the dish, there are issues at the dish for him. On the plus side, his power numbers continue to improve as his home run total has increased each of the past four seasons while his Isolated Power has increased each of the last three years. He’s also a high-contact hitter that is tough to strike out. The downside is he is allergic to walks and puts a lot of balls into play that his slow running cannot beat out for hits and thus his on base percentage has declined each season he has been in the majors. He’s a solid three-category producer at catcher, but the batting average is at the mercy of the BABIP gods but he could continue to grow his homer total this season.
If nothing else, Perez's steady presence in the lineup makes him a valuable fantasy catcher, as only Jonathan Lucroy played in more games in 2014 -- and Lucroy saw much of that time at first base. The young backstop caught 150 games for manager Ned Yost, and rightfully earned his second straight Gold Glove award. Although he scored more runs (57) and collected more hits (150) than in any of his other major league seasons, each figure of his .260/.289/.403 slash line represented a career low. He chased a career-high 46.2% of pitches outside the strike zone, and as a result, struck out in 14 percent of his at-bats (another career-high). He'll presumably work on his pitch selection this offseason, an area that the 24-year-old has always struggled with a bit, having never posted a walk rate above five percent in any of his MLB season. His youth leaves him with plenty of time to improve his plate discipline, however, so there's enough reason for optimism heading into 2015.
After an incredibly strong finish to the 2012 season, expectations for Perez ran very high heading into the 2013 season. He was always known to be a high-average hitter with strong contact rates but he also displayed a strong power surge that many thought would take longer to develop. Unfortunately, that power didn't materialize as expected last season. He ultimately finished the season batting .292 with 13 home runs (.141 ISO) and 79 RBI, numbers more reflective of expectations prior to the 2012 power surge. Perez doesn't walk or strikeout very often, so his on-base totals won't be huge unless he sees a spike in his BABIP. Still, his ability to put bat on ball and hit for a line drive rate above 20-percent, coupled with the fact that he'll hit in the heart of the Royals' lineup, should provide solid, above-average production from behind the plate.
Expectations were riding high for Perez heading into the 2012 season, but a torn meniscus suffered during spring training put him on the shelf for the entire first half of the season. Even in the wake of such a disastrous injury for a catcher, Perez came back and produced for fantasy owners in the exact fashion as they had hoped. Garnering 305 plate appearances, Perez hit .301 with 16 doubles and 11 home runs for a .170 ISO and, despite an abominable 3.9 percent walk rate, still managed a .328 OBP thanks to such strong contact rates and a very favorable 8.9 percent strikeout rate. He'll enter 2013 as the Royals' primary backstop and should be a hot commodity on draft day as few catchers are capable of hitting for average as he can along with his mid-level power.
Perez made quite the leap in 2011 as he went from spending half the season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, to spending less than two weeks at Triple-A Omaha, before he jumped up to the majors for the final two months of the season. At the Double-A level, he showed an ability to hit for average (.283 batting average) and a little bit of power (.429 slugging percentage with nine home runs in 286 at-bats). At the major league level, Perez continued to hit as he posted a .331 batting average and .473 slugging percentage. Those numbers need to be put in the proper context as he had a .362 BABIP helping him along in those 158 plate appearances. Still, the team is committed to Perez as their everyday catcher for the 2012 season. He'll be just 21 years old on Opening Day, so fantasy owners should expect a bit of a learning curve as Perez adjusts to life as a full-time catcher saddled with the responsibilities of handing a major league pitching staff.
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Officially hits injured list
CKansas City Royals
Elbow
March 11, 2019
Perez (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Monday.
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Undergoes successful surgery
CKansas City Royals
Elbow
March 6, 2019
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Surgery set for Wednesday
CKansas City Royals
Elbow
March 5, 2019
Perez (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday after a second opinion confirmed the damage to his UCL, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Expected to have Tommy John surgery
CKansas City Royals
Elbow
March 1, 2019
Perez is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery sometime next week, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Getting second opinion on UCL
CKansas City Royals
Elbow
March 1, 2019
Perez will head to Los Angeles next week to get a second opinion on his injured ulnar collateral ligament from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
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