The Kansas City Royals may not have a starter in the 2018 All-Star Game, but one player was named as a reserve for the game. Salvador Perez was selected as a reserve catcher.
The MLB All-Star Game starters are chosen solely based on who earns the most fan votes. Both Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez were consistently in the top five. Unfortunately, neither player was named a starter in the game.
But, Salvador Perez was chosen as a reserve for the game. He will be the sole representative for the Kansas City Royals in 2018. Perez will head to Washington, D.C. for the game on July 17. This is the sixth straight season that he has been selected to the game.
In the past four seasons, he has been the starting catcher for the American League. This season, he finished in fourth place in the fan voting, meaning his streak was coming to an end.
Wilson Ramos of the Tampa Bay Rays will be the starting catcher for the 2018 All-Star Game. Perez is likely to
Salvador Perez is slashing .213/.255/.376 this season. The 28 year old has 56 hits in 67 games. He has knocked in 34 RBI’s, and the catcher has hit ten long balls.
It’s possible that the knee injury that kept him sidelined is the reason for his slightly lower numbers. Nonetheless, he was still selected to the game, which attests to his capabilities as a player.
He is deserving of the honor, and it is all the more proof that the Kansas City Royals should not trade him away. He is a great asset to the organization. Plus, he is a great candidate to lead the new wave of Royals through the rebuild.
Another Royal in the mix?
Though it is a slim chance, there is still a possibility that Whit Merrifield could find himself suiting up for the game. Should there be someone who was chosen to the American League roster that should become injured, he may get the call.