Roberto Perez

Roberto Perez

C - CLE
Age: 30College: Lake City CC, FLBats: RThrows: R

Next Game

CLE @ CWS
R. Detwiler #360
Tue, 9/24 8:10pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #249
Projection (?) 3.5 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
21%
 
ESPN
8%

Eligibility

Yahoo C
ESPN C
CBS C

After previously hitting 21 homers in five-year career, Perez already has 19. He's hitting .256/.345/.527 with the sixth-highest wRC+ (123) of catchers with at least 150 plate appearances. His 25 barrels already comfortably set a career high, but his batting average has fallen to .232, not a major surprise given his waning contact skills. Perez at least looks like a legitimate top-20 option behind the plate.

Perez has already mashed 16 homers through the first half for Cleveland. His batting average isn't useful, but won't kill you either so you could certainly do much worse than Perez even if he does take a step back toward expectations in the second half.

Perez is finally getting a chance to be the Indians' everyday catcher, and he's rewarded them with 16 home runs in the first half. Perez's Statcast data largely backs up what he's doing at the plate, so it's time to take him seriously as a starting option in 10- and 12-team mixed leagues.