Mar 11, 2015; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) before a spring training game against the San Diego Padres at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Last season he broke the record for most total games (including the playoffs) played by a catcher in a single season. In Game 7 of the 2014 World Series he was hit in the leg by a pitch that would have rendered the average person useless for about three days. Salvy though? He stayed in, trotted down to first, and caught the rest of the game.
Fullback is for the selfless only. Rarely do those playing the position carry the ball. Instead they open holes so someone else can have the glory. If there is a position in baseball that translates perfectly, it’s catcher.
Salvy calls a great game, and makes his pitchers look good. But in addition to having the persona to play the position, he also is built like a fullback.
At 6’3” and 240 pounds he would have no problem moving would-be tacklers out of the way so Jamaal Charles can dance in to the end zone.
And with the Chiefs, unlike the Royals, colliding with someone running in his direction would be encouraged.
NFL comparison — William Henderson, Green Bay Packers
Career prediction — 12 seasons, 1,900 rushing yards, eight touchdowns
Awards — Pro Bowl (rookie season)
What are your thoughts? Could any other Royals transition to a position with the Chiefs?
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