Salvador Pérez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Diaz.
Salvador Pérez
Salvador Perez 8-9-2012.jpg
Pérez in 2012
Kansas City Royals – No. 13
Born: (1990-05-10) May 10, 1990 (age 24)
Valencia, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 10, 2011 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .285
Home runs 44
Runs batted in 209
Career highlights and awards

Salvador Johan Pérez Diaz (born May 10, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.


Pérez was called up to the majors for the first time on August 10, 2011.[1] On August 29, Pérez hit his first major league home run against Max Scherzer of the 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 39 games.

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.[2] 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 his right meniscus. He did not return until July 2. Overall, he hit .301 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 79 games played.

On July 16, 2013, he was the catcher for Mariano Rivera in Rivera's final All-Star Game before retirement. After the season, Perez was awarded the American League Gold Glove Award for his defense at catcher.

In the 2014 American League Wild Card Playoff, Perez singled down the left field line in the bottom of the 12th inning knocking in the winning run.


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