Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez Poses Defensive Threat Against National League

By John Raffel
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, when Kansas City Royals‘ Salvador Perez is behind the plate for the AL in the MLB All-Star, the National League will have several runners trying to steal bases.

On second thought, knowing Perez’s reputation, they probably won’t be running. The Royals have three All-Stars for the first time since 1988, and for good reason. Perez, along with outfielder Alex Gordon and reliever Greg Holland, are having outstanding seasons. They all bring unique and outstanding talents to the field.

Perez’s love for gunning down would-be base stealers is something the Royals have enjoyed seeing all season and would like to see tonight. His big thing has been defense, and he threw runners out at 33 percent.

The fact that players elected Perez shows how much he’s respected, especially when it comes to his play on defense. Chances are several base-stealers who got thrown out by Perez’s stunning throws were among those who voted to have him in the game. This time, since they’re playing the AL, he’s on their side.

The players also haven’t overlooked Perez’s hitting talents. He’s having a good year at the plate, batting .284 and could deliver some critical hits against the NL that makes a difference in the game. He has four home runs and 38 RBIs.

Perez’ career batting average is .301 and even at the age of 23, he’s having an impressive major league career. He is destined to be an All-Star and fans should enjoy watching him play, especially from the defensive end.

You May Also Like