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