Roberto Perez
Roberto Perez
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Cleveland Indians
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 2/1/2020
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 $5.5 million team option ($450,000 buyout) for 2021 and $7 million team option ($450,000 buyout) for 2022.
Undergoes surgery
CCleveland Indians
October 17, 2019
Perez underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.
The surgery appears to have been successful, and Perez is expected to be ready for unrestricted baseball activity by the start of spring training. The 30-year-old hit .239/.321/.452 with a career-high 24 home runs and 63 RBI in 2019.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .817 274 32 14 42 0 .251 .349 .468
Since 2017vs Right .630 633 52 20 78 1 .199 .276 .354
2019vs Left .864 153 20 9 19 0 .264 .360 .504
2019vs Right .728 296 26 15 44 0 .227 .301 .427
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
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .710 456 44 19 68 0 .211 .318 .392
Since 2017Away .660 451 40 15 52 1 .217 .278 .383
2019Home .763 218 21 12 37 0 .228 .329 .435
2019Away .782 231 25 12 26 0 .249 .314 .468
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Resting Sunday
CCleveland Indians
September 29, 2019
Perez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Mandy Bell of reports.
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Day off Saturday
CCleveland Indians
September 28, 2019
Perez is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
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Leaves yard in blowout win
CCleveland Indians
September 25, 2019
Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday in the Indians' 11-0 win over the White Sox.
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Plates pair
CCleveland Indians
September 17, 2019
Perez went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk Tuesday against the Tigers.
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Connects on 23rd homer
CCleveland Indians
September 16, 2019
Perez went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run Sunday in the Indians' 7-5 win over the Twins.
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