Roberto Perez
31-Year-Old CatcherC
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Perez took over as Cleveland's No. 1 catcher in 2019 and didn't disappoint, providing elite defense behind the dish while enjoying a breakout season offensively. The backstop played in a career-high 118 games and led the majors with 29 defensive runs saved, thanks in part to his zero passed balls and 41 percent caught stealing rate. On the offensive side of things, Perez's 24 home runs -- which exceeded his output (21) from his previous five big-league seasons combined -- tied for fifth-most among catchers, while his 63 RBI tied for ninth-most. His batted-ball profile suggests the uptick in power is at least somewhat sustainable (6.5% barrels/PA), though he remains a batting average risk (.222 expected average in 2019 per Statcast) thanks to his 28.3 K%. Perez underwent offseason ankle surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020 season and should be in line for another large workload. Read Past Outlooks
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