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A first glance, it would seem that a catcher who appeared in 150 games last season would be a truly valuable fantasy asset. That would certainly be the case if Salvador Perez was able to continue his production throughout the year, but he slumped badly in the second half of the season, posting a .229/.236/.360 batting line after the All-Star break, drawing a mere three walks against 46 strikeouts.
While the Royals had originally planned on getting Perez more rest by making their backup catcher a personal catcher, those plans appear to have been scrapped. This could well lead to Perez getting into more than 140 games again, leading to the same sort of second half swoon that he went through last season.
Perez certainly has a lot of value to the Kansas City Royals. He appears poised to step into more of a leadership role this year. His Gold Glove defense, strong throwing arm and ability to handle pitches in the dirt make him a key part of the Royals pitching and defense strategy. However, that does not make him valuable in fantasy baseball.
Do not confuse Salvador Perez’s value in the actual game as translating to fantasy baseball. He may not be worth the round he is being drafted in, especially given some of the other options that could be available.
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