Salvador Perez is the only catcher in MLB history to bat over .300 twice before turning 23 (minimum 100 PA). That right there explains why he’s so hyped entering 2013, and he even has some pop in that bat of his.
Perez is at the heart of Kansas City’s current youth movement with defensive skills that rival his potential offensive prowess, however in most fantasy leagues it’s just the bat that we care about. He rarely walks (just 3.9% last year), but he rarely strikes out, too (8.9%). He’s managed a 25.3% line-drive rate in 437 career at-bats — almost a full season’s worth — and he STILL ISN’T 23!
Last year was a semi-lost season as Perez didn’t make his debut until June 22, but he’s Kansas City’s clear number one catcher. We’ll see how much playing time that equates to, but if Perez can get 500+ at-bats, he has a good chance of having a big impact this year.
At a Glance
Strengths: BA, K, SLG
Neutral: R, HR, RBI, OBP, OPS
Best-case scenario: Joe Ma