In this new series here at CST, we will be individually previewing each projected starting player on the 2015 Cleveland Indians’ team, culminating with a full season preview in mid-March. Now batting: Roberto Perez.
Roberto Perez is now entering his first full season as a member of the Indians, and his role in the team is yet to be seen. Perez will obviously not be an every day player with Yan Gomes behind the plate and Nick Swisher, Brandon Moss, Daniel Murphy, and many others likely to be in the DH spot.
Before being called up to the Indians last year, Perez was having quite the season in Triple-A Columbus. He was batting .305 with 43 RBI’s in only 53 games – definitely Major League numbers. In the Big Leagues, Perez batted .271 with 1 HR and 4 RBI’s in 29 games.
It appears that with the catcher and DH position already on lockdown this year, Perez will have to work hard to earn his playing time. Perez will likely be catching at least once every few weeks while Gomes gets some rest. He will have to prove that not only is he a viable catcher, but that his bat is worthy of being in a big league lineup.
Perez could turn into a pleasant surprise this year if all goes according to plan, so keep an eye on him and his production as the season goes on.
GP HR RBI BB SO AVG
31 6 14 7 25 .281