Salvador Pérez appears to be headed for his fifth MLB All-Star game when the mid-summer classic airs Tuesday, July 11, on Fox. The four-time All-Star catcher for the Kansas City Royals was the leading vote-getter among catchers in the American League and will most likely be behind the plate for the AL when the game gets under way.
The seven-year veteran who has spent all of his time with the Royals has seen a lot thus far in his career. Although his team is struggling this year, it is not for Perez’s lack of production as he is statistically one of the best catchers in baseball, and has been in recent seasons. At the time of this writing he was leading all catchers in both home runs and doubles while maintaining an on-base-percentage of well over .300.
A native of Venezuela, Pérez was scouted and signed by the Royals when he was just 16-years-old; receiving a contract for $65,000. He made his MLB debut in 2011, making an immediate impact behind the plate and at bat. His endurance has him starting more games behind the plate than many others at his position, although he’ll play first base on rare occurrence.
Perez blossomed in the 2015 World Series, which the Royals won over the New York Mets in five games. He would earn World Series MVP honors in 2015 and go on to earn his first Silver Slugger Award in 2016.
Salvador Johan Pérez Diaz
Born: May 10, 1990
Birthplace: Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
Teams: Kansas City Royals
Honors and Achievements: World Series champion, 2015; World Series MVP, 2015; MLB All-Star, 2013–2016; Gold Glove Award, 2013–2016; Silver Slugger Award, 2016