Too big to fail.
That seems to be how managers, coaches and scouts feel about Royals catcher Salvador Perez's career.
"A guy with his size (6-feet-3, 250 pounds) and his athletic ability and his work ethic," said one Royals scout, "Simply don't fail. He's that special and rare combination."
Said Royals manager Ned Yost, "I've been in this game a long time. I've seen hundreds of catchers come through and I've never seen one like him. He's a very, very rare find."
It seems easy to forget now how Perez shot through the higher levels of the Royals' system to become their starting catcher, and, their catcher of the future.
Just a year ago at this time, Perez was still experiencing his first taste of Class AA ball. Then he got a quick promotion to Triple-A. Two weeks later, he was in the big leagues.
This is the same catcher who in 2009 was demoted back to the rookie league in Idaho Falls after a disappointing stint at Class A.
But it was that year 2009 that turned hi...