Roberto Perez, Catcher, Cleveland Indians, #55
Date of Birth: 12/23/1988
Birthplace: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
College: Florida Gateway College
Current Salary: $508,600
Roberto Perez, catcher for the Cleveland Indians, was first drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 but he opted instead for college. Two years later, he was drafted by the Indians.
Perez played in the Indians' minor league system from 2009 through 2014. During that time, he batted .236 with 376 hits, 97 doubles, 218 RBIs, and 420 strikeouts to 299 walks in 514 games. Although his offensive play was only fair, he had strong defensive numbers. As a catcher in 491 games, he made 443 assists, 4,039 putouts, and 37 errors for a .992 fielding percentage. He caught players trying to steal 38 percent of the time.
Perez joined the Indians for 29 games in 2014. He had a .271 batting average with 23 hits. In 2015, he batted .228 with 42 hits in 70 games. As a catcher, he made 42 assists, 568 putouts, and 4 errors in 69 games. He caught players trying to steal 41.9% of the time and he had a .993 fielding percentage.
Perez spent time on the DL in 2016, limiting his playing time with the Indians to 61 games. He finished the season with a .183 batting average. Defensively, as the Indians's catcher in 61 games, he made 29 assists, 476 putouts, and 2 errors. He had a .996 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal and impressive 50% of the time. In the postseason, he had 8 hits, including a double and 3 home runs, and 7 RBIs in 43 at-bats in 15 games.