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Salvador Perez | Catcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Salvador Perez hit a solo homer and drove in two runs in Sunday's win over the Angels.
Perez has been locked in at the dish in the first week of the season, launching three home runs and notching eight RBI through six games. Against the Angels on Sunday, he hit an RBI single in the second and a solo homer in the seventh, finishing the game 2-for-5. While his batting average dipped from .290 to .262 in 2014, the catcher also hit a career-high 17 home runs. 20-plus is definitely in reach for him in 2015. At just 25 years old, Perez still has room to improve. Apr 12 - 6:43 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are "open" to a contract extension for Salvador Perez.

Perez is in the middle of an absurdly team-friendly five-year, $7 million contract that has team options which could keep him in Kansas City through 2019. However, Heyman says the Royals "seem to have sympathy" for Perez's low contract and "wouldn't mind making him a lifetime Royal." It's not clear what a new extension for Perez might look like.
Apr 10 - 4:19 PM

Salvador Perez launched a two-run homer and drew a walk in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

The home run was his first of the season. It was part of a three-run sixth inning against John Danks, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. The plan calls for the Royals to give Perez a bit more rest this season and that's not such a bad thing for fantasy owners given the way he wore down during the second half last year.
Apr 9 - 5:47 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-2 and blasted a three-run homer, powering the Royals to an 8-4 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League play on Friday.

After a 1-for-14 start to the spring, Perez has hit safely in each of his last five at-bats, raising his spring average to .316. The ultra-durable backstop caught an unthinkable 158 games for the Royals in 2014 and seemed to wear down in the second half, hitting just .229/.236/.360 after the All-Star break.
Mar 13 - 10:17 PM

Salvador Perez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored Thursday against the Indians.

Perez badly needed this game, as he was 1-for-14 (.071) entering the afternoon. He hit a ground-rule double to lead off the fourth and later scored, then doubled in a run and scored again in the fifth. Despite hitting a career-high 17 home runs last season, Perez's .260/.289/.403 slash line was markedly down from his 2013 output.
Mar 12 - 7:36 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the team plans to give Salvador Perez more rest next season.

Between the regular and postseason, Perez started an MLB-record 158 games behind the plate, and to top it all off he's now catching games in the All-Star Series in Japan. Perez was clearly worn down in the second half, hitting just .229/.236/.360. "Salvy wants to play every day," Moore said. "Having him behind the plate put our best team on the field. That’s what we were trying to do. But I think going forward we’ve got to look for some opportunities to get him a little more in balance."
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Salvador Perez has been named the 2014 American League Gold Glove winner at catcher.

It's a deserving honor for Perez, who has now captured two straight Gold Glove awards and, at 24, should be in line to win a few more. Perez beat out Yan Gomes and Alex Avila for the award.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 07:14:00 PM

Salvador Perez singled three times in four at-bats, but the Royals dropped Game 4 of the World Series to the Giants on Saturday.

Perez knocked in the Royals' fourth run of the third inning with a single to center field. It seemed like a big hit at the time, but the Royals wound up losing by seven runs. Perez is now batting .357 (5-for-14) with four RBI in the World Series. If he is able to keep it up, his production towards the bottom of the lineup could be crucial.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:21:00 AM

Salvador Perez came up with a big two-run double in the Royals' win in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

Perez was just 5-for-39 in his first postseason before coming up with two runners on in the sixth inning. He changed that by smashing a Hunter Strickland pitch to the left-center gap, scoring both runs and winding up at second base. Perez later scored on an Omar Infante home run. The big hit came a day after Perez took Madison Bumgarner out for the Royals' only run in the Game 1 loss. If Perez gets going at the plate, it could mean good things for the Royals going forward.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:40:00 PM

Salvador Perez smacked a solo homer for the Royals' only run in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

Madison Bumgarner left a 1-2 cutter over the plate with two outs in the seventh, and Perez put it into the bullpen. It was all the Royals could manage offensively, as they were thwarted in their one rally in the third inning. Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas had the other Royals' hits.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:46:00 PM

Salvador Perez made his one hit Tuesday count, as he delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning of the Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

Perez was having an awful game up to that point, going 0-for-5 with a couple strikeouts, including one in the eighth with the tying run on third base and one out. He finally came through in extras, though, pulling a ball down the third-base line just past Josh Donaldson to score Christian Colon from second base. The Royals will face the Angels in the ALDS.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 01:14:00 AM

Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Monday.

Perez had an RBI double in the first inning and later added a two-run homer in the third. The 24-year-old has four multi-hit games in his last six and now owns a .269/.302/.424 batting line with 16 home runs and 62 RBI over 125 games.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 11:01:00 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple in the eighth as the Royals beat the Twins 6-1 on Wednesday.

All six runs scored in the bottom of the eighth, as the Royals pulled off a nice comeback win for the second time in the series. Perez's triple was his first in 461 at-bats this year. He has six in his career.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:18:00 PM

An MRI on Salvador Perez's right knee came back negative.

The Royals were never overly concerned that Perez had structural damage, and the exam has confirmed that the catcher will be fine. The All-Star catcher should be back in the lineup on Friday in Texas.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Salvador Perez will undergo an MRI on his right knee Thursday.

Royals manager Ned Yost continues to downplay the injury, but the team wants to have it look at just in case. Perez left Monday's game with some soreness in the knee, and he missed Wednesday's game as well. Consider him day-to-day unless the MRI finds something more troubling.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Ryan Madson
9Yohan Pino
10Brandon Finnegan
11Tim Collins