The 2012 season was one filled with transition for Salvador Perez, who got hurt early on in spring training and didn’t play his first game until June 22 but when he returned, he was a dominant catcher for the Kansas City Royals. Perez played in just 76 games but hit 11 home runs and had a .309 average. Now he’s healthy to start the 2013 season for Kansas City and with the Royals having the highest expectations they have had in many years, he is going to be counted on to lead them to a possible playoff berth.
Perez is only 23 years old and one of the many highly-regarded prospects that the Royals have brought up over the last five years. Kansas City has built a solid core with Perez, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler and will be a contender in the American League Central for the next number of seasons. Perez is going to end up being a catcher who hits around .300 every season with 20 home runs.
I think Kansas City has the potential to finish in second place in the AL Central this season and I base that a lot on the development on Perez. I know there are very few catchers around the MLB who I would rather on my roster. I think he will be a star in Kansas City before too much longer and that should increase the hopes of the fan base that has waited a long time for success again.
The Royals will be a team to watch all season long and Perez will be one player that all fans should start paying more attention to.