2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Salvador Perez
Colby Conway takes a closer look at Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from him during the 2020 MLB season.
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...