Salvador Perez
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Kansas City Royal Salvador Perez Is Incredibly Overrated

Don’t let power numbers fool you. Royals catcher Salvador Perez isn’t as great as everyone makes him out to be. His prized strong suit is his defense with multiple gold glove awards to back it up. Unfortunately, the Kansas City front office are idiots. He is incredibly overrated and overpaid.

Offensively, all Perez has is power in his bat. He has hit as many as 27 home runs in both 2017 and ’18. He can’t ever get on base seemingly with only 134 career walks through nine MLB seasons. His career on-base percentage is a disappointing .300. The league average is around .335. Don’t let 2020 fool you. Even though he hit .333 in 37 games, there’s no chance he’d keep this up for the duration of a normal 162 game season. The Royals are also in rebuilding mode, making it a serious surprise why they felt the need to splurge on an extension for the catcher. They spent a ridiculous 82 million dollars for four seasons. What makes it even worse is that it’s the largest contract in franchise history. What.

It’s seriously hard to see what the league sees in Salvador Perez. Yes, he is a stud behind the plate, but in a game that focuses on getting on base, Perez fails to simply do this. Catcher’s bodies start breaking down as well after they turn 30. Perez missed the entirety of the 2019 season with Tommy John Surgery. So far, the contract looks like a real mistake for Kansas City.

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