Roberto Perez
Roberto Perez
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Perez hasn't hit north of .230 since 2014, he's been a league-average offensive contributor only once in his career (2015) and has only twice played more in than 70 games. He struck out a whopping 33.3% of the time last season, largely negating a strong 10.0% walk rate. Perhaps he was hampered by injuries more than the public was led to believe, as he injured both his hand and shoulder in 2018 but never hit the disabled list. There's a chance that bad luck played a part, as the backstop produced his best hard-hit rate last season (40.7%). Yan Gomes and Francisco Mejia are gone, but the Indians brought in Kevin Plawecki in January. The two may split the workload fairly evenly, leaving neither with much mixed-league appeal. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $9 million contract extension with the Indians in April of 2017. Contract includes team options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Resting for first half of twin bill
CCleveland Indians
April 20, 2019
Perez is out of the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with the Braves.
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The Indians will have Kevin Plawecki catch the afternoon contest, while Perez presumably checks in behind the plate for the nightcap. Perez is slated to work in a battery with Trevor Bauer for that contest.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#5
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7
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+64%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .721 133 12 5 23 0 .223 .328 .393
Since 2017vs Right .545 373 28 6 38 1 .172 .253 .292
2019vs Left .350 12 0 0 0 0 .100 .250 .100
2019vs Right .573 36 2 1 4 0 .161 .250 .323
2018vs Left .650 39 2 0 3 0 .250 .368 .281
2018vs Right .489 171 14 2 16 1 .150 .230 .259
2017vs Left .807 82 10 5 20 0 .229 .321 .486
2017vs Right .596 166 12 3 18 0 .197 .276 .320
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+83%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .639 257 23 7 34 0 .186 .305 .333
Since 2017Away .544 249 17 4 27 1 .185 .240 .304
2019Home .335 19 0 0 3 0 .071 .263 .071
2019Away .612 29 2 1 1 0 .185 .241 .370
2018Home .532 109 8 1 8 0 .167 .276 .256
2018Away .504 101 8 1 11 1 .169 .235 .270
2017Home .770 129 15 6 23 0 .217 .336 .434
2017Away .559 119 7 2 15 0 .198 .244 .315
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Stat Review
How does Roberto Perez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
12.5%
 
K Rate
33.3%
 
BABIP
.200
 
ISO
.122
 
AVG
.146
 
OBP
.250
 
SLG
.268
 
OPS
.518
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Perez continues to work in tandem with Yan Gomes as the Indians' preferred duo behind the plate, and things could remain that way for another year if the organization's desire to move Francisco Mejia away from the catcher spot continues to materialize. As part-time catchers go, Perez is slightly more interesting than some of the alternatives thanks to his ability to occasionally barrel up a pitch and drive a ball out of the park, but he's a career .216/.309/.362 hitter who seems unlikely to thrive if injuries created an opportunity for him to take on a larger role. That said, his defense is good enough that he could push for more playing time, particularly if Gomes continues to struggle at the plate. The quality of the lineup around him in Cleveland might be good enough to make him a passable second catcher for AL-only league players, but that's likely the extent of his value to fantasy players at the present time.
A broken thumb sustained on a tag in his fourth game of the season cost him almost the entire first half, and the results at the plate suggest that the thumb was a nagging issue after Perez returned immediately following the All-Star break. He was the primary backstop for Cleveland despite the offensive woes, as Perez started 47 of 67 games down the stretch. He will likely reprise his previous role as caddy to incumbent starting catcher Yan Gomes, whose own injury issues could open up a larger window for Perez's playing time at some point this season. Cleveland hopes an offseason of rest and rehabilitation will allow Perez to at least recoup some of the patience that went missing last season. Still, it's not a bad return for the 33rd-round pick that Cleveland invested in the 2008 draft in order to secure Perez's services. There's still a hint of power here that'll at least keep him on a watch list for players in two-catcher leagues.
Perez got a nice bump in playing time when starting catcher Yan Gomes suffered a knee injury in mid-April, finishing the season with a .228/.348/.402 line and hitting seven homers in 70 games for the Indians. He's never hit for much power in the minors (.710 OPS with 22 homers in 514 games) but did manage to hit eight in 209 plate appearances at Triple-A Columbus in 2014 so perhaps the power spike is legit. He's good enough defensively to warrant the occasional start and the added power, if it sticks, gives him a leg up on most reserves in deeper formats. Gomes had a disappointing season at the plate but Perez is of no threat to unseat him for the starting role so he'll be back as Gomes' backup again in 2016.
Although Perez did little with his limited opportunies in his reserve role behind Yan Gomes after his promotion in July, slashing .271/.311/.365 with one homer in 29 games, he flashed some promise in 53 games with Triple-A Columbus to begin the year. A 33rd-round pick in 2008, he hit .305/.405/.517 with eight homers while at Columbus, doubling his home run total from his previous two years combined, while adding 43 RBI and 29 walks. He also played above-average defense behind the plate, but strikeouts have been a major issue at each level (27.4% with the big club last season) and his .378 BABIP seems like an anomoly given his relatively low numbers in past years. Regardless, Carlos Santana's catching days are seemingly over, and Perez appears primed to spend 2015 as the full-time backup, with Tony Walters the only other catcher currently on the 40-man roster.
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Takes seat Tuesday
CCleveland Indians
April 16, 2019
Perez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.
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Not in starting nine
CCleveland Indians
April 13, 2019
Perez is not starting Saturday against the Royals, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Gets rest on getaway day
CCleveland Indians
April 11, 2019
Perez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers.
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Lifts first homer
CCleveland Indians
April 9, 2019
Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in the fifth inning of the Indians' 8-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
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Steps out of lineup
CCleveland Indians
April 7, 2019
Perez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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