The catcher position has notoriously been a weak spot in fantasy baseball lineups over the last several seasons. The position isn’t exactly a reliable source of power, and at times, catchers have problems positing a batting average over .270.
However, there are a couple options that are primed to breakout this season and one of these late-round gems to target this spring is Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals.
Perez finished with a very respectable .292 batting average last season and the catcher surprisingly has a career mark of .301. He has developed into an all-around hitter and has proven that he can do more than play defense.
Perez has also displayed some pop in the majors. The catcher slugged 13 home runs last season and drove in an impressive 79 runs, which tied him for third in the entire league. He showed some serious power potential from behind the plate and was tearing the cover off the ball last summer.
He recorded a batting average over .300 in each of the final two months of the season and posted a jaw-dropping .318 batting average (55-173) over that stretch. The catcher also added nine home runs and 37 RBIs over the final two months. He was truly posting All-Star caliber numbers in the fantasy playoffs.
Perez will be a reliable starter this season and should finally develop into a top-10 fantasy backstop. Look for him to finish with an average over .280 and to easily hit 20-plus homers.