Roberto Pérez

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Roberto Pérez
Roberto Pérez, 2015.jpg
Pérez with the Cleveland Indians in 2015
Cleveland Indians – No. 55
Born: (1988-12-23) December 23, 1988 (age 30)
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 10, 2014, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.216
Home runs45
Runs batted in162

Roberto Pérez (born December 23, 1988) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Early life[edit]

Pérez was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 29th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft out of Eugenio Maria De Hostos High School in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He did not sign and attended Florida Gateway College.[1]


Pérez batting for the Lake County Captains, single-A affiliates of the Cleveland Indians, in 2010

Minor league career[edit]

Pérez was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 33rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. Pérez played while suffering from bell's palsy during the 2013 season.[1][2]

Major league career[edit]

Pérez was called up to the majors for the first time on July 8, 2014.[3] He had his first major league hit two days later against the New York Yankees.[4]

On July 10, 2014, Pérez hit his first career home run off of New York Yankees pitcher Jim Miller.

During part of the 2015 season, he became the primary catcher while Yan Gomes was on the disabled list.[5][6][7] Toward the second half of the 2016 season, Pérez became the primary catcher, once again, in Gomes' spot.

In Pérez's first postseason at-bat of his major league career, he hit an opposite-field home run off the Boston Red Sox's Rick Porcello, helping the Indians to a 5-4 victory.[8] In the first game of the 2016 World Series, Pérez hit two home runs in the 6-0 Indians win.[9][10] Throughout the 2016 postseason, Pérez had the second-most RBIs (7), walks (7), and home runs (3) of any Indians player.[11]

On April 2, 2017, the Indians signed Pérez to a four-year contract worth $9 million, with club options for the 2021 and 2022 season worth an additional $12.5 million.[12] In 2017 he batted .207/.291/.373.

In 2018 he batted .168/.256/.263. He had the lowest batting average against right-handers among all MLB hitters (140 or more plate appearances), at .150.[13]

In 2019, he batted .239/.321/.452. On defense, he had a 29 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) rating, the best in the major leagues among catchers.[14]

International career[edit]

World Baseball Classic[edit]

Pérez played for the Puerto Rican national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic where he won a silver medal.[15]


Pérez has one star tattoo on each hand, representing his mother and his son. His mother's name is tattooed on his right wrist.[16]


  1. ^ a b Bastian, Jordan (April 27, 2014). "Prospect Perez played through Bell's palsy". Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Massie, Jim (May 13, 2014). "Clippers: Bell's palsy catches Perez off guard". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Shirkey, Alec (July 8, 2014). "Indians call up catcher Perez from Triple-A". Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Shirkey, Alec (July 10, 2014). "Replay gives Tribe's Perez first big league homer". Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Silva, Drew (April 12, 2015). "Yan Gomes placed on disabled list with right knee sprain". Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Yan Gomes out 6-8 weeks with MCL sprain". ESPN Inc.(The Walt Disney Company, 80% Hearst Corporation, 20%). April 13, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Indians catcher Yan Gomes out at least 6 weeks with knee injury". April 12, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Red Sox vs. Indians | 10/06/16". Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  9. ^ "Cubs vs. Indians | 10/25/16". Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  10. ^ Roberto Perez's second HR ups Cleveland Indians' lead in Game 1 of World Series |
  11. ^ "Sortable Player Stats". Cleveland Indians. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  12. ^ Meisel, Zack (April 2, 2017). "Cleveland Indians sign catcher Roberto Perez to long-term contract extension". Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  13. ^ Splits Leaderboards | FanGraphs
  14. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2019 » Catchers » Fielding Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  15. ^ Thornburg, Chad (February 8, 2017). "Young stars join Beltran, Yadi for Puerto Rico". Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Fagerstrom, August (May 8, 2015). "Tribe's Perez always has mom in his heart". Retrieved May 9, 2015.

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