Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez's Opening Day Performance a Sign of Things to Come

By Jason Cooper
Royals Salvador Perez
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The Kansas City Royals have a very special player in catcher Salvador Perez. I’m sure anyone that pays any attention to the Royals is fully aware of him and his talent but not many outside of savvy fantasy baseball players and die-hard baseball fans really understand how good he is and how much better he can become.

Many expected a huge season for him in 2013, but his early season struggles caused some to write the pre-season expectations off as pure hype — a wee-bit prematurely might I add. Perez would break free from his struggles at the plate and never look back, finishing the season with a .292 average and 13 homers. While those numbers don’t necessarily scream future Hall of Famer, given his slow start, those numbers were quite impressive.

Based on his 2013 finish, Perez entered the 2014 spring again with high expectations and his .365 spring batting average and four spring home runs met every one of them. He also continued to meet those high expectations in Monday’s 2014 season opener against the Detroit Tigers when he went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate. Those four hits included two doubles, both of which close to clearing the fences.

Oh, I failed to mention that a pitcher by the name of Justin Verlander was starting for the Tigers; I believe he’s pretty good. The Royals as a team collected seven hits and Perez was responsible for four of them. A pretty productive day if you ask me. Perez efforts didn’t deliver a win as the Royals lost the game 4-3 in walk-off fashion, but what he did deliver on, however, was on fulfilling the expectations that anyone that has seen him in action has built for him.

Perez is on his way to big things for the Royals in 2014, and when this season is all said and done — I can assure you that more than fantasy owners, die-hard baseball fans and the residents of Kansas City will know who and how talented Perez is.

Jason Cooper is a writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @mrjcpr or add him to your network on Google.

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