Carlos Perez, Catcher, Los Angeles Angels, #58
Date of Birth: 10/27/1990
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Carlos Perez, catcher for the Los Angeles Angels, first signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008. He played in the Blue Jays' minor league system from 2008 through 2012, before being traded to the Houston Astros in July, 2012. He continued to play in the minor leagues through 2014. In 2011 and 2013, he also played in Venezuela's baseball system.
In the minor leagues from 2008 through 2015, Perez batted .280 in 555 games. He had 562 hits, 119 doubles, 265 RBIs, and 332 strikeouts to 245 walks. As a catcher, he made 432 assists, 3,770 putouts, and 63 errors in 474 games. He caught players trying to steal an impressive 36% of the time and he had a .985 fielding percentage.
The Astros traded Perez to the Angels on November 5, 2014. On May 5, 2015, his first game in the major leagues, he hit a walk-off home run. He finished the 2015 season with 65 hits, 13 doubles, and a .250 batting average in 86 games. As a catcher, he made 71 assists, 545 putouts, and 5 errors in 80 games. He caught players trying to steal 37.9% of the time and he had a .992 fielding percentage.
In 2016, Perez batted .209 with 56 hits and 31 RBIs in 87 games with the Angels. Defensively, as the Angels' catcher in 82 games, he made 43 assists, 571 putouts, and 3 errors. He had a .995 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 37.5% of the time.