For years, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Pérez was a stalwart in the lineup. From 2013-2018, he played in at least 129 games each season, which is exceptional for a catcher. In 2019, he missed the whole season due to Tommy John surgery, leaving the Royals in an unfamiliar spot, something they haven’t experienced since, like, 2011 or 2012. Perez has been a rock solid option in fantasy, too, providing nice pop for the position, and prior to 2018, his .245-.270 batting average was welcomed by fantasy owners with open arms.

From 2015-2018, Perez hit at least 21 home runs, with 52 runs scored and 64 RBI in each season. Rock solid if I must say so. His batting average was generally solid, with some fluctuations, but he was a victim of a .245 BABIP in 2018 that pushed his batting average down to .235 in 2018. Was it an outlier? I believe so.

His hard contact rate was up from years past, and in fact, it was the highest mark of his career. Additionally, his soft contact rate of...