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Roberto Perez | Catcher | #55

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Lake City (FL) CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 33 (0) / CLE
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Roberto Perez is starting behind the plate and batting seventh against the Twins on Wednesday.
Yan Gomes gets the night off on Wednesday. Perez has appeared in five games so far this year, and has a .200/.333/.400 line on the season. That's actually a better line than Gomes has to start 2018, although that's not saying much when you consider the latter has a .653 OPS. Neither catcher is a strong fantasy play. Apr 18 - 4:12 PM

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Roberto Perez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Rangers.

Perez continues to swing one of the hottest spring bats in all the land. His sixth-inning home run was his fifth as Opening Day nears. In addition, the backstop is slashing a masterful .359/.419/.846 with nine extra-base hits across 39 at-bats. We don't expect anything close to this kind of production during the season, though. Perez is a career .216 hitter.
Mar 24 - 6:49 PM

Roberto Perez launched a grand slam in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the Cubs.

Perez stepped up for his fun little spring moment in the fourth inning, clocking an offering from Jordan Minch for the granny. He's up to three homers in Cactus League action. While the 29-year-old backstop is expected to start for the Indians during the coming season, he's just a .216 career hitter in the bigs over the course of 233 games played. There no fantasy intrigue, here, outside of the deepest of formats.
Mar 17 - 7:50 PM

Roberto Perez blasted his second homer of the spring in a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday in the Cactus League.

The homer was a two-run shot off of Nathan Karns. He's hit the ball with authority this spring, and how has a .381 average in his time in the Cactus League. Despite the strong start to the spring, he's impossible to trust with the bat, and outside of two-catcher AL-only leagues, there really isn't a point in rostering him.
Mar 11 - 6:36 PM

Roberto Perez swatted a solo home run on Monday in the Indians' loss to the Yankees.

His opposite-field shot off of Luis Severino in the fifth inning made things interesting as it cut the Yankees' lead to 5-3, but that's all the Indians could do and the Yanks tacked on a couple more runs. A career .216/.309/.362 hitter during regular season play, Perez now has gone deep four times in 18 postseason games.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 11:04:00 PM

Roberto Perez is back in the lineup on Wednesday for the Indians' game against the Angels.

Perez has been outstanding with the bat in September, with a 1.111 OPS in the month. Yan Gomes gets another day off, and if Perez stays hot, it will be interesting to see how Cleveland handles the playing time between the two catchers. It's tough to believe in Perez's bat going forward, and this is a very small sample size. This is still a situation worth monitoring, however.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 07:09:00 PM

Roberto Perez finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-3 road win against the Angels.

Perez plays rather sparingly, but when he gets his opportunity he makes the most of it. He is 11-for-35 (.314) with three doubles, four homers and 10 RBI in 12 games in the month of September. Despite the hot hitting he is still nothing more than a low-end No. 2 catcher in deeper AL-only formats due to his sporadic at-bats.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 03:02:00 AM

Roberto Perez launched a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning of Sunday's victory over the Orioles.

The Indians jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but that was the extent of the game's scoring until the Orioles tied it up in the top half of the sixth. Perez wasted no time in the bottom half of the frame, tagging Jeremy Hellickson for the solo shot to put the Tribe ahead to stay. He finished the night 1-for-2 plus a walk and is now slashing .217/.303/.364 with five homers and 34 RBI on the year.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 11:18:00 PM

Roberto Perez homered and drove in three runs on Friday, powering the Indians to a 10-0 victory over the Tigers and a sweep of their doubleheader.

Perez came through with two-run single during a three-run uprising in the fourth inning then crushed a solo homer that started a five-run sixth inning. He finished the evening 2-for-5 and is now hitting .211/.298/.337 with four long balls and 29 RBI on the season.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 11:04:00 PM

Roberto Perez launched a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Royals.

The Indians could get nothing going against Jason Hammel through five innings -- quite literally, as they didn't have a single baserunner -- but Perez followed a one-out Bradley Zimmer single with a blast over the center field wall. Perez has been one of the worst hitters in baseball this season (.199/.292/.314), but he has a couple dingers and nine RBI over his last four contests.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 10:29:00 PM

Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

Perez got the party started with an RBI single in the third inning, the first of 13 runs the Tribe would score before it was all said and done. He tacked on an RBI double in the sixth. The 28-year-old has been used sparingly but effectively of late, as he's got multiple RBI in each of his last three games played. Even so, it's been a year to forget at the dish for Perez, who's hitting just .195/.286/.292 overall.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 12:34:00 AM

Roberto Perez homered in the bottom of the second inning and helped the Indians earn a 5-4 walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth Monday night against the Red Sox.

Perez got Cleveland on the board with a three-run blast off Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez and later drove in the winning run on a sacrifice bunt that was botched by Red Sox infielder Brock Holt. The 28-year-old backup catcher is slashing .180/.271/.273 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 50 games this season.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 11:08:00 PM

Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Mariners on Sunday.

This rates as the best offensive game by an Indians catcher this year. Perez had been hitting .115/.143/.115 in 26 at-bats. Starter Yan Gomes is at .176/.276/.275 in 51 at-bats.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Indians signed C Roberto Perez to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2021 and 2022.

He'll receive $9 million guaranteed and just over $21 million if both options are exercised. Perez has batted an underwhelming .220/.318/.355 in the majors to this point, but he draws rave reviews for his defensive work. The Indians now have their top two catchers under team control for a while.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 01:43:00 PM

Roberto Perez homered twice Tuesday in the Indians' World Series Game 1 defeat of the Cubs.

The first was a solo shot off Jon Lester in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead and the second was a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth that put the game out of reach. Perez, known more for his defense than his bat, finished the night 2-for-4 with four RBI. It was the first two-homer game by a catcher in the World Series since Gary Carter in 1986. Perez slugged just three total home runs during the regular season.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 11:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jason Kipnis
2Erik Gonzalez
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
LF1Michael Brantley
CF1Bradley Zimmer
2Rajai Davis
3Greg Allen
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Tyler Naquin
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Mike Clevinger
5Josh Tomlin
6Danny Salazar
7Ryan Merritt
8Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Nick Goody
4Tyler Olson
5Dan Otero
6Zach McAllister
7Evan Marshall
8Oliver Drake
9Neil Ramirez