KC Royals: A Look At The Royals Four All-Stars

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Jun 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) smiles after the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City won the game 10-2. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

player. 7. Three-Time American League All-Star. C. Kansas City Royals. Salvador Perez. 13

At 25-years-old, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is already a three-time All-Star—as well as the team’s designated post-victory Gatorade dumper.

Perez was selected to the A.L. All-Star team in 2013 and 2014, and now wins election by fan vote for the first time in 2015.

Salvador Perez is having a solid season at the plate, slashing .263/.275/.446, with 12 doubles,13 home runs, and 34 RBI’s.

Yet, like teammate Alex Gordon, Perez’s true excellence comes on defense. He’s a two-time Gold Glove winner and might well earn his third for his work behind the plate this season.

Perez boasts a cannon arm. He has gunned down 35% of baserunners that have attempted to steal against him this season. ESPN also named him one of the best catchers in baseball at managing the game.

Salvador Perez is playing his 5th season for the Kansas City Royals, and will stay in Kansas City through the rest of the decade (his contract expires after the 2019 season).

While Salvy is still needs to work on his patience at the plate, (Perez has drawn only five walks in 284 plate appearances this season), he has discovered his power stroke with a team-leading 13 home runs. What’s scary is his prime seasons likely remain in his future.

As a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, Salvador Perez might be the best young catcher in the American League.

Maybe this season, Salvador Perez can lead the Gatorade dump after the American League earns home field advantage in the World Series by winning the All-Star game.