Kansas City Royals catcher, Salvador Perez, has been named the starter for the American league in this years MLB All-Star game.
— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) July 6, 2014
This makes for the second year in-a-row that Sally has made the all star game, but will be his first start. He’s quickly etching his name as the best catcher in the American league and deservedly so.
His ability to call games with the pitching staff is second to none and his cannon behind the plate is enough to keep base runners from attempting steals. Matter of fact, he is already the Royals all-time leader in pick-offs with 8, and has caught 62 runners stealing (12 so far this season) in 4 seasons with the Royals. Pretty damn impressive for the 24 year-old All-Star catcher.
As the stats stand now, Perez has a batting average of .285 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI’s. His 10 HR’s is the most for the Royals and puts him tied for 37th in the entire MLB. (stats via Pro-Baseball Reference)
In February of 2012, Perez signed a five-year extension that included three club options. The Royals have control of him until 2019 and thank goodness for that. He’s arguably the most crucial piece for the Royals moving forward and his continued emergence is exciting for the fans of Kansas City.
Congratulations Salvador Perez on your second All-Star selection. It was well deserved and we look forward to many more to come!