It is extremely rare when a catcher can accumulate more than 525 at-bats in a season given all the rest days off and the injuries that crop up with donning the tools of ignorance. That is what makes the incredible durability of Kansas City Royals backstop Salvador Perez so impressive. Perez stretched to four seasons in a row in 2016 when he piled up more than 525 plate appearances and that includes two years where he went over 550 which is unheard of in today’s game. Being able to have that many opportunities to swing the bat obviously helps Perez’ counting numbers and last season those came out to 22 home runs, 64 RBI, and 57 runs. The RBI total was actually a bit disappointing as Perez had reached the 70-plus mark the three seasons prior but there is no denying the extreme dependability you get here. What is interesting to note with Perez as well is how his hitting profile has changed since breaking into the majors in 2011. From that debut season all the way through 2013, Perez hit .290 or above but with little power. Those trends have reversed themselves since then as Perez has hit just .260, .260, and .247 the last three years but with a total of 60 home runs in that span. Again you are buying into the dependability here despite the disappointment his average couldn’t keep up with the recent power uptick.
2017 PROJECTION: .261 20 HR 72 RBI 57 R 1 SB