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Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: SALVADOR PEREZ CATCHER KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Catcher once again is incredibly shallow as 2018 fantasy baseball draws near and  the position as a whole is as top-heavy as ever with Gary Sanchez, Buster Posey, and Salvador Perez serving as the clear top three.  We already have discussed both Sanchez and Posey in past features here and so today Perez gets his turn.  When it comes to Perez' 2018 outlook, things pretty much remain the same here as the heavily-used Royals backstop has cemented himself as one of the best power hitters at the position.  That skill reached some new heights in 2017 as Perez cracked a career-best 27 home runs and collected another personal-high 80 RBI in 499 at-bats.  If not for a stint on the DL, Perez likely would have reached the hallowed 30 home run mark.  While it has seemed like Perez has been around forever, he will turn just 28 in May and he has put forth steadily increasing offensive numbers since becoming a regular with the team back in 2012.  What is interesting is that at that time, Perez was more of a .300 hitter who had little power but he has completely reversed that ratio going back to 2015 when he hit 21 home runs but batted an ugly .260.  While the homers have gone up from that 21 to 22 and 27 the subsequent two seasons, Perez's average continued to be ugly at .260 and .247 from 2016-17.  While Perez doesn't strike out much (just a 19.0 K/9 last season), he is allergic to walks and has been for his career (a horrid 3.4 mark a year ago).  That more than anything makes Perez' average ugly and it figures to continue as well into 2018.  The power really stands out though and especially at catcher and it is his skill there that makes Perez a top tier backtop this season.  The only question you have to answer for yourself is whether or not you are willing to pay the high draft cost this spring.

2018 PROJECTION:  .259 28 HR 83 RBI 59 R 1 SB  


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