Roberto Perez
Roberto Perez
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Cleveland Indians
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Perez continues to work in tandem with Yan Gomes as the Indians' preferred duo behind the plate, and things could remain that way for another year if the organization's desire to move Francisco Mejia away from the catcher spot continues to materialize. As part-time catchers go, Perez is slightly more interesting than some of the alternatives thanks to his ability to occasionally barrel up a pitch and drive a ball out of the park, but he's a career .216/.309/.362 hitter who seems unlikely to thrive if injuries created an opportunity for him to take on a larger role. That said, his defense is good enough that he could push for more playing time, particularly if Gomes continues to struggle at the plate. The quality of the lineup around him in Cleveland might be good enough to make him a passable second catcher for AL-only league players, but that's likely the extent of his value to fantasy players at the present time. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $9 million contract extension with the Indians in April of 2017. Contract includes team options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Homers, drives in four
CCleveland Indians
September 8, 2018
Perez went 2-for-4 with a walk, a homer, a double, four RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.
ANALYSIS
Perez did all of his damage in a seven-run fifth inning, leading off with a homer before knocking a three-run double later in the frame. The big day at the plate accounted for one third of his RBI on the season. He's hitting just .157/.254/.252 with two homers over 55 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+36%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .736 171 19 7 28 0 .235 .320 .416
Since 2016vs Right .536 455 32 6 41 1 .167 .263 .273
2018vs Left .647 36 2 0 2 0 .241 .371 .276
2018vs Right .477 158 13 2 12 1 .142 .230 .246
2017vs Left .807 82 10 5 20 0 .229 .321 .486
2017vs Right .596 166 12 3 18 0 .197 .276 .320
2016vs Left .683 53 7 2 6 0 .240 .283 .400
2016vs Right .528 131 7 1 11 0 .155 .286 .243
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+69%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .603 331 31 8 37 0 .176 .288 .315
Since 2016Away .580 295 20 5 32 1 .196 .268 .312
2018Home .555 105 8 1 8 0 .174 .287 .267
2018Away .455 89 7 1 6 1 .143 .221 .234
2017Home .770 129 15 6 23 0 .217 .336 .434
2017Away .559 119 7 2 15 0 .198 .244 .315
2016Home .436 97 8 1 6 0 .123 .226 .210
2016Away .738 87 6 2 11 0 .250 .349 .389
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How does Roberto Perez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
10.8%
 
K Rate
34.5%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.092
 
AVG
.160
 
OBP
.257
 
SLG
.252
 
OPS
.508
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
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A broken thumb sustained on a tag in his fourth game of the season cost him almost the entire first half, and the results at the plate suggest that the thumb was a nagging issue after Perez returned immediately following the All-Star break. He was the primary backstop for Cleveland despite the offensive woes, as Perez started 47 of 67 games down the stretch. He will likely reprise his previous role as caddy to incumbent starting catcher Yan Gomes, whose own injury issues could open up a larger window for Perez's playing time at some point this season. Cleveland hopes an offseason of rest and rehabilitation will allow Perez to at least recoup some of the patience that went missing last season. Still, it's not a bad return for the 33rd-round pick that Cleveland invested in the 2008 draft in order to secure Perez's services. There's still a hint of power here that'll at least keep him on a watch list for players in two-catcher leagues.
Perez got a nice bump in playing time when starting catcher Yan Gomes suffered a knee injury in mid-April, finishing the season with a .228/.348/.402 line and hitting seven homers in 70 games for the Indians. He's never hit for much power in the minors (.710 OPS with 22 homers in 514 games) but did manage to hit eight in 209 plate appearances at Triple-A Columbus in 2014 so perhaps the power spike is legit. He's good enough defensively to warrant the occasional start and the added power, if it sticks, gives him a leg up on most reserves in deeper formats. Gomes had a disappointing season at the plate but Perez is of no threat to unseat him for the starting role so he'll be back as Gomes' backup again in 2016.
Although Perez did little with his limited opportunies in his reserve role behind Yan Gomes after his promotion in July, slashing .271/.311/.365 with one homer in 29 games, he flashed some promise in 53 games with Triple-A Columbus to begin the year. A 33rd-round pick in 2008, he hit .305/.405/.517 with eight homers while at Columbus, doubling his home run total from his previous two years combined, while adding 43 RBI and 29 walks. He also played above-average defense behind the plate, but strikeouts have been a major issue at each level (27.4% with the big club last season) and his .378 BABIP seems like an anomoly given his relatively low numbers in past years. Regardless, Carlos Santana's catching days are seemingly over, and Perez appears primed to spend 2015 as the full-time backup, with Tony Walters the only other catcher currently on the 40-man roster.
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In Wednesday's lineup
CCleveland Indians
June 13, 2018
Perez (hand) will catch Trevor Bauer and bat eighth in the order against the White Sox on Wednesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Not on disabled list
CCleveland Indians
Hand
June 11, 2018
Perez (hand) has not been placed on the disabled list, contrary to prior reports.
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Heads to disabled list
CCleveland Indians
Hand
June 11, 2018
Perez was placed on the disabled list with a bruised right hand Monday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
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Requires X-ray on hand
CCleveland Indians
Hand
June 10, 2018
Perez underwent an X-ray on his right hand after being lifted in the sixth inning of Sunday's 9-2 win over the Tigers, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
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Lifted after HBP
CCleveland Indians
Hand
June 10, 2018
Perez was removed from Sunday's game against the Tigers after being hit by a pitch on his right hand, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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