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Salvador Perez | Catcher | #13

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / KC
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Salvador Perez homered and drove home three runs on Friday, leading the Royals in a 10-3 victory over the Tigers.
This game had been a pitcher's duel through the first five innings, with Yordano Ventura and Michael Fulmer trading zeroes into the sixth. That's where Perez finally broke through with a solo homer, snapping Fulmer's scoreless innings streak at 33 1/3 innings. He added a two-run double the following frame, finishing the night 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. One of the top offensive forces behind the plate in all of baseball, Perez is slashing .296/.326/.546 with 12 homers and 35 RBI. Jun 17 - 11:54 PM

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Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer Wednesday as the Royals topped the Indians 9-4.

It's Perez's 11th homer. He already has 26 extra-base hits this year, putting him on pace to blow past his career high of 47. Of course, maintaining his early season pace isn't something Perez usually does, if only because the Royals wear him down each year.
Jun 16 - 12:05 AM

Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel the Royals to a 3-2 win over the Indians on Tuesday.

Perez also doubled in the game, finishing 2-for-4. The performance has been fairly standard for Perez of late, as he's a scorching 12-for-24 with three home runs in his past six games. The 26-year-old is batting .294/.322/.525 with 10 homers, 29 RBI and 22 runs scored on the year.
Jun 14 - 11:43 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

Perez provided the Royals a slim cushion with his ninth-inning dinger. It pushed the Royals' lead to 3-1, which would stand as the final. For the season, the stud backstop is slashing .281/.311/.500 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 196 at-bats. He has homered twice in his last three games.
Jun 12 - 6:45 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 and was the only Royal to have a good night at the plate against Chris Tillman and the Orioles on Wednesday night.

Both hits were singles as Perez improved his batting average to .272 on the season. He has bounced back from two down years in a row to once again be a desirable asset in the barren wasteland of fantasy catchers. His strikeout rate has taken a worrisome jump this year but so has his slugging percentage. Having just turned 26 years old last month, Perez can be expected to remain a top 10 fantasy catcher for a few more years.
Jun 8 - 10:27 PM

Salvador Perez (quad) went 2-for-4 with a double against the Indians on Saturday in his return to action.

Perez was not expected to play Saturday due to a bruised quad that has kept him out of action recently. He recovered quickly and the injury did not prevent him from having a good game. The Royals' catcher is having a strong season as his .282/.317/.500 slash line will attest.
Jun 4 - 11:36 PM

Salvador Perez (quadriceps) has returned to the Royals starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians.

Just yesterday, Royals manager Ned Yost said that he hoped to have Perez available just to pinch hit before the end of the weekend, so he must have shown a dramatic improvement over the past 24 hours. He's hitting fifth against Josh Tomlin and the Tribe on Saturday. There's a strong chance that he'll rest again on Sunday, with Drew Butera getting the call in his place.
Jun 4 - 3:45 PM

The Royals hope to have Salvador Perez (quad) available to pinch-hit by the end of this weekend.

"We’re hoping to have him available to pinch hit or at least be an emergency (catcher) by the end of this series," manager Ned Yost said Thursday. "We’ll see how it progresses." The Royals said Sunday that Perez was likely to be sidelined for 7-10 days, so it appears he might be progressing a tad ahead of schedule. He's still having some soreness while squatting, so it will be a few days before he'll be ready to catch.
Jun 3 - 9:53 AM

Salvador Perez (quad) is expected to be sidelined for the next 7-10 days.

An MRI on Perez's right quad and knee didn't reveal any structural damage, but he has a bad bruise and is surely very sore after Saturday's collision with Cheslor Cuthbert. The Royals have recalled Tony Cruz and he will share the catching duties with Drew Butera while Perez is on the shelf.
May 29 - 11:49 AM

Salvador Perez (quad) is absent from the Royals' lineup Sunday.

The good news is that while Tony Cruz was recalled, he didn't replace Perez on the roster. The All-Star catcher suffered a quad contusion in a collision with Cheslor Cuthbert on Saturday, but it appears he's avoided a serious injury. Drew Butera is catching Sunday.
May 29 - 11:43 AM

Salvador Perez suffered a quad contusion after a scary collision with third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert on Saturday.

It's unclear if Perez will avoid a trip to the disabled list, but this is nonetheless promising news for the Royals, as it appeared in real-time that the 26-year-old catcher suffered a significant knee injury. Now it's just a matter of determining the length of his absence. Perez is hitting .277/.313/.494 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 176 plate appearances in 2016.
May 28 - 6:02 PM

Salvador Perez was helped off the field with an apparent injury to his left knee after colliding with Cheslor Cuthbert.

The Royals had already been snakebitten by injury in 2016, but this could spell disaster for the defending World Champs. Perez was hitting .277/.313/.494 with seven homers when he left Saturday's game. Keep tabs on this, as it appeared to be an injury that could force the 26-year-old catcher to miss significant time.
May 28 - 5:07 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

A night after collecting five hits and falling a homer shy of the cycle, Perez found his homer in the second inning against Twins starter Ervin Santana. The home run was his seventh of the year, giving him 24 RBI with 18 runs scored. The workhorse catcher has appeared in 43 of the team's 45 games thus far, batting .276/.305/.500 overall.
May 25 - 12:18 AM

Salvador Perez went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins.

It was the first five-hit game of the All-Star catcher's career, and the slow-footed Perez even managed to mix in a triple among his five base knocks. Perez has a modest nine-game hitting streak going, and he's lifted his average from .226 to .270 over that stretch.
May 24 - 12:34 AM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

Not much doing for the Royal offense against Braves starter Michael Foltynewicz. Perez's double was one of just two extra-base hits the defending champs managed to pick up on the evening. The double was Perez's ninth of the season. He is slashing .236/.269/.447 with five homers and 20 RBI over 123 at-bats. The average isn't great, though that should work back toward his .276 career mark over the course of the season.
May 14 - 10:11 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Brett Eibner
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Kris Medlen
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Chien-Ming Wang
6Dillon Gee
7Peter Moylan
8Tim Collins