Salvador Perez, Catcher, Kansas City Royals, #13


Date of Birth: 5/10/1990
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Current Salary: $4,200,000

Salvador Perez, catcher for the Kansas City Royals, played in the team's minor league system from 2007 through most of 2011. He played in 39 games with the Royals in 2011.

Perez signed a five-year, $7 million contract extension with the Royals in February, 2012. The contract includes club options through 2019.

Perez suffered from injuries in 2012 and he played in just 76 games with the Royals. In 2013, he batted .292 with 145 hits, 25 doubles, 13 home runs, and 79 RBIs in 138 games.

Perez won a Gold Glove as a catcher in 2013. In 137 games, he made 930 putouts with 7 errors and a fielding percentage of .993. He caught players trying to steal 35.2% of the time.

Perez finished the 2014 season with 150 hits, 28 doubles, 17 home runs, 70 RBIs, and a .260 batting average in 150 games. In the postseason, he batted just .207 with 12 hits, 1 double, 1 home run, and 6 RBIs in 58 at-bats in 15 games.

Perez won his second consecutive Gold Glove in 2014. In 146 games as a catcher, he had a .992 fielding percentage with 72 assists, 1,037 putouts, and 9 errors. He caught players trying to steal 30.5% of the time.

In 2015, Perez had a season similar to the one he had in 2014. He finished the season with 138 hits, 25 doubles, 21 home runs, 70 RBIs, and a .260 batting average in 142 games. He won his third Gold Glove award, this time for having a .996 fielding percentage with 90 assists, 974 putouts, and 4 errors. He caught players trying to steal 30.5% of the time.

Perez had a strong 2015 postseason, especially in the World Series when he batted .364 and won the MVP award. He finished the postseason with a .259 batting average, 15 hits, including 3 doubles and 4 home runs, and 8 RBIs in 58 at-bats in 16 games.

Perez signed a five-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Royals on March 1, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 127 hits, 28 doubles, a career high 22 home runs, and 64 RBIs in 139 games. Defensively, he won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove. As the Royals' catcher in 128 games, he made 77 assists, 989 putouts, and 4 errors. He had a .996 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 48.1% of the time.

Perez won his first Silver Slugger award in 2016.

Career batting statistics for Perez through 2016 include:

  • 684 games played
  • 696 hits
  • 130 doubles
  • 87 home runs
  • 343 RBIs
  • 396 strikeouts to 97 walks
  • .272 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Perez as a catcher through 2016 include:

  • 663 games played
  • 384 assists
  • 4,742 putouts
  • 31 errors
  • .352 caught stealing percentage
  • .994 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Salvador Perez
ESPN - Salvador Perez