July 26, 2017
Salvador Perez: The Most Valuable Catcher in Fantasy Baseball?
Coming into 2017, fantasy owners felt like they had a good handle on Salvador Perez. He was a safe bet to make regular starts at the position who would give you something like a .250 batting average, 20 home runs, 50-60 runs, and 60-70 runs batted in. These totals landed him in the “three star” tier of Baseball Prospectus’ preseason catcher rankings. He was a player who was supplying increasing power at a cost to his batting average.
This type of production was good enough to make Perez a top-10 catcher for fantasy purposes in 2016. Owners were expecting more of the same this season. However, as the baseball calendar moves toward August, Perez has a legitimate claim as the most valuable catcher in fantasy baseball this season. He’s easily the top ranked catcher by ESPN’s Player Rater, and he’s giving owners positive value in every fantasy category (except for stolen bases).
So, what’s led to this kind of production for Perez? His power numbers have increased each season. He’s just two long balls away from tying his career high of 22. Barring injury, he’s a lock to set career highs in R and RBI as well. Not only that, but his counting stats haven’t come at the expense of his average this season. He’s currently batting .284 which would be his highest average since 2013. Salvador Perez is giving owners more value than they could have hoped for across the board this season.