KC Royals: Salvador Perez is a finalist for All-MLB Team

KC Royals, Salvador Perez (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KC Royals, Salvador Perez (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The KC Royals star catcher continues to be noticed for his great 2020 season after returning from a year off due to injury.

For a team that has struggled to get anything going the past few years, the KC Royals tend to have some exciting players to watch. Whit Merrifield is always up to something amazing, Jorge Soler finally showed the power that has been talked about for years, and even when he is in a drought, Adalberto Mondesi is still seen as a potential all-star.

For the 2020 season, though, a lot of the talk goes to Salvador Perez.

Perez was a bit of a wild card coming into the 2020 season. There was plenty of concern about how he would actually perform. A down year, while unfortunate, wouldn’t be the end of the world. After all, the All-Star catcher was coming off of Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2019 season.

It would have been no surprise if Salvy used the year as a time to get back into his routine and prepare for his full comeback in 2021. Of course, Perez had other plans.

The extra time before the season started must have been exactly what Salvy needed to finish his recovery because his 2020 season was a monster year for the KC Royals. The Catcher Slashed .333/.353/.633 over 37 games. The sample was small compared to a regular season, but the production was still there.

He recorded 11 home runs, 12 doubles, 50 hits, and 32 RBI’s. He won a Silver Slugger and received an MVP vote even though he missed part of the season due to an eye issue.

It wasn’t long ago that Salvy was named for the Sporting News All-Star team. Now, he has been named as a finalist for the 2020 All-MLB team.

The All-MLB team will consist of a first a second team and will cover players from each position, with five starting pitchers and two from the reliever options. Voting is half fan vote and half a panel of experts.

For the catching position, Perez is a finalist along with Travis d’Arnaud and J.T. Realmuto, both having seen outstanding seasons in 2020.

The official announcement is set for Wednesday, December 9th, and KC Royals fans will get to see if their favorite catcher is part of the 2020 All-MLB Team.

When the 2020 season was starting, there were many who were concerned about what the season would hold for Salvador Perez. Now that it’s over, it’s obvious that the catcher didn’t skip a beat, and is ready to get back to his Gold Glove defense and All-Star play.

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Salvador Perez is a finalist for the 2020 All-MLB Team.