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Royals add to prospect influx by calling up 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez

Aug 10, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

Salvador Perez AP

Salvador Perez is the latest prospect on his way to Kansas City, with the Royals calling up the 21-year-old catcher from Triple-A in time for tonight’s game and releasing historically awful starter Kyle Davies to make room on the roster.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that Perez “is expected to become the club’s regular catcher upon arrival.”

Whether or not he’s ready to thrive in the majors is another issue, because while Perez’s batting average in 91 games between Double-A and Triple-A is a nice-looking .291 he added just 10 homers and 16 walks for a mediocre .331 on-base percentage and .437 slugging percentage.

Those are solid numbers from a catcher, particularly given how young Perez was relative to the level of competition, but mediocre power and non-existent plate discipline leave him looking like anything but a top prospect and his track record is fairly unimpressive. He makes tons of contact and has hit for solid batting averages, so if Perez can develop some more pop or patience he has a chance to be very good, but for now he’s a question mark in the short and long term.

  1. sportsdrenched - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Never mind the call-up. Did I just read that Kyle Davies was released? Oh Happy Day!

  2. randall351 - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    I think you should focus the much more better aspect of this story, being that they released Kyle Davies. This is the second best move made this season behind actually getting something in return for Mike Aviles earlier.
    Could it be that DM is finally pulling his head out of his @$$?

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      Maybe Dean Taylor finally got enough muscle with Mike Arbuckle to pull it out.

  3. kcfanatic - Aug 10, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    I can’t decide, does releasing Davies make me happy because he is gone or sick because it took way too long to get here?

  4. royalsfaninfargo - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Between Pena and Perez the Royals should have a good catching duo for the next 6 years at least. And YEAH for releasing Davies!!!

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