Pérez (right) with Ervin Santana in 2013
Kansas City Royals – No. 13
May 10, 1990 |
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
|August 10, 2011 for the Kansas City Royals|
(through May 8, 2015)
|Runs batted in||227|
Career highlights and awards
Pérez was born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela. He was abandoned by his father at age 4 and raised by his mother, Yilda Diaz. When he was 8 years old, the two relocated to Valencia to live with Yilda's mother, Carmen de Diaz. Yilda supported the family by selling homemade cakes, flan, and lasagna.
To keep her only child busy, Yilda enrolled him in a baseball school in Valencia, where he showed an ability to throw, catch, and hit balls as young as age 6. He played pitcher and shortstop with teams competing in state and national tournaments. At age 8, he indicated his preference to play catcher, and set on playing that position professionally by age 14. Pérez played with and against current Major Leaguer and fellow Venezuelan second baseman Jose Altuve during his boyhood.
Kansas City Royals
Pérez was called up to the majors for the first time on August 10, 2011. He picked off two baserunners, caught five popups – both uncommon occurrences for the Royals that season – and recorded his first hit. On August 29, Pérez hit his first Major League home run against Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. In that game, Pérez was a triple away from hitting the cycle. In his rookie year, he batted .331 with 3 HRs and 21 runs driven in, in 39 games played.
On February 27, 2012, Pérez signed a five-year, $7 million extension that includes three club options. He is under team control through 2019. He could earn up to $26.75 million if he reaches all of his incentives and all of his options are picked up. The extension covers his pre-arbitration seasons, two of his three arbitration eligible years, and, if all of his options are picked up, his final arbitration year and his first two years of free agency. Pérez will earn $.75 million in 2012, $1 million in 2013, $1.5 million in 2014, $1.75 million in 2015 and $2 million in 2016. His options are $3.75 million in 2017, $5 million in 2018 and $6 million in 2019.
While catching a bullpen session before a spring training game in 2012, Pérez tore the meniscus in his left knee. He did not return until July 2. In the 2012 season, he hit .301 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 79 games played.
On July 16, 2013, Pérez was the catcher for Mariano Rivera in Rivera's final All-Star Game before retirement. After the season, Pérez was awarded the American League Gold Glove Award for his defense at catcher. He finished the year playing 138 games with a .292 batting average, 13 home runs, and 79 RBI.
In 2014 he logged more starts (143) than any other catcher in the Major League. Pérez played 150 games all together in 2014 batting .260 with 28 doubles, 17 home runs, and 70 RBI.
In Game 1 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, Pérez hit a home run off eventual series MVP Madison Bumgarner, representing the only run given up by Bumgarner in five World Series appearances covering 36 innings. Pérez was the final out of the series, popping out to Pablo Sandoval in foul territory to clinch the series for the Giants.
Near the end of the 2013 season, teammate Alcides Escobar sprayed Pérez with Victoria's Secret women's perfume and he had four hits. Pérez continued to wear perfume during games as a good-luck charm, switching to 212 VIP cologne by Carolina Herrera in 2014.
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- Kepner, Tyler (21 October 2014). "Lights, Catcher, Action!". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
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- Tayler, Jon (1 October 2014). "Watch: Perez gives Royals walk-off win over A's in Wild Card Game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- Waldstein, David (29 October 2014). "Bumgarner, a Three-Ring Master, Leads San Francisco to Its Third Title in Five Seasons". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- Associated Press (24 October 2014). "Salvador Perez sticks with perfume". Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)