2) Salvador Perez Is So Hot Right Now Kate Upton Is Jealous
I tweeted this line during the game and liked it so much that I had to include it in this column. Seriously, KC Royals fans, Perez is on fire.
He went 5-5 on Monday, followed that game up with a 2-4 day with a home run on Tuesday, and finished the series with a 2-3 performance on Wednesday that even included a walk. The surge give Slavy nine hits in his last 12 at bats.
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The now 26-year-old Perez is slashing a quite respectable .283/.315/.509 with 7 home runs and 25 RBIs. He’s turning into a run producer in his sixth season in MLB.
Salvador Perez has always had elite contact ability and tremendous raw power. His problem has been strike zone recognition. He swings at too many bad pitches to force opponents to throw him strikes. If he can learn better plate discipline as he matures, he’ll put up some monster seasons that could put him in the Hall-Of-Fame.
I’m not kidding, folks. He’s got that kind of talent. Perez just needs to learn to lay off bad pitches, which could very well happen as he moves into his peak seasons. Many times we fans don’t appreciate how much craft a player has to develop to thrive in major-league baseball. Catchers, in particular, have a lot to learn when you add in calling games, managing pitchers, framing pitchers, and learning how to work umpires. Here’s to hoping that Salavor Perez is putting it all together.
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