Fast Track: Salvador Perez to Join Kansas City


Apparently two weeks in Triple A was enough for Salvador Perez to assume his place as Kansas City’s catcher of the future.

On July 27, Perez was promoted from Northwest Arkansas to Omaha.  Now, after 49 plate appearances, he’s stepping in after a series of events leave the Royals thin at catcher. He should make his big league debut tomorrow in Tampa.

Matt Treanor was concussed* and placed on the 7-day DL after a collision with Matt LaPorta.  Manny Pina was called up to fill his place.

This time, Brayan Pena‘s wife in Miami is having labor induced and he’ll be there to join her.**

*I like that word too.  **The Royals are using two new MLB roster exemptions – the 7-day DL and paternity leave list – on both of their opening day catchers. 

Perez, 21, was signed out of Venezuela at 16 years old and has steadily worked his way up the ladder.  In Northwest Arkansas and Omaha, he has a combined .769 OPS with 10 homers and 53 RBI.  He’s thrown out 46% of attempted base-stealers across both levels this year and has a career minor league rate of 42%.

Year Age Tm PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2007 17 Royals 99 10 21 3 0 0 10 5 10 .244 .320 .279 .599
2008 18 2 Teams 95 11 30 3 2 1 16 7 10 .361 .409 .482 .891
2008 18 Idaho Falls 46 7 17 3 1 1 6 2 5 .395 .413 .581 .994
2008 18 Burlington 49 4 13 0 1 0 10 5 5 .325 .404 .375 .779
2009 19 2 Teams 396 45 96 20 3 2 45 25 40 .267 .313 .356 .669
2009 19 Idaho Falls 259 35 72 14 3 2 38 19 25 .309 .357 .421 .777
2009 19 Burlington 137 10 24 6 0 0 7 6 15 .189 .230 .236 .466
2010 20 Wilmington 396 35 106 21 1 7 53 18 38 .290 .322 .411 .732
2011 21 2 Teams 358 40 97 19 0 10 53 16 36 .290 .331 .437 .769
2011 21 NW Ark 309 35 81 14 0 9 43 16 30 .283 .329 .427 .756
2011 21 Omaha 49 5 16 5 0 1 10 0 6 .333 .347 .500 .847
5 Seasons 1344 141 350 66 6 20 177 71 134 .285 .328 .397 .725
Rk (3 seasons) 453 56 123 20 5 3 64 31 45 .306 .359 .403 .762
A (1 season) 137 10 24 6 0 0 7 6 15 .189 .230 .236 .466
AA (1 season) 309 35 81 14 0 9 43 16 30 .283 .329 .427 .756
AAA (1 season) 49 5 16 5 0 1 10 0 6 .333 .347 .500 .847
A+ (1 season) 396 35 106 21 1 7 53 18 38 .290 .322 .411 .732
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/9/2011.

If he even approaches either of those marks the rest of this year, he’ll be well on his way.  Perez was our #20 prospect going into 2011.

What it means for the Royals when Treanor is recovered and Pena is done attending to his wife, I don’t know. It’s speculated that Manny Pina will be optioned to Omaha and Treanor will be activated from the DL.  Pena has been told to “take as long as it takes”.  If Perez is coming up, one would think it’s to get a long look at him, but perhaps he’ll return to Omaha and Pina will shuffle back to Double A.

We’ll see.

To make room for Perez on the 40-man roster, Jesse Chavez was designated for assignment.

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  • eric.akers

    Kyle Davies was released to make room. We gave him more than enough time. Welcome Salvador !