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Royals add to youth movement, call up Perez

Posted on: August 10, 2011 4:08 pm
 
PerezBy Evan Brunell

The Royals have added another piece to their future by promoting catcher Salvador Perez to assume the bulk of catching duties the remainder of the season.

Perez is the fourth homegrown prospect to be promoted this season, with first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and second baseman Johnny Giavotella preceding him, the Kansas City Star notes. The 21-year-old is known for his defense, but has bumped up his offense the last two years and now projects as a long-term starter. Perez has split the year between Double- and Triple-A, amassing 309 PA in Double-A and 49 in Triple-A for a total line of .290/.331/.437.

Perez drags down the average age of the starting lineup on Wednesday to 24, a big change from 2010 when only one position player was 24 or younger, Derek Larson writes on Twitter. That would be DH Billy Butler, who played first last season.

As Eye on Baseball scribe C. Trent Rosecrans observed, 24-year-old Alcides Escobar will be the oldest person in the infield on Wednesday, which makes the outfield of Melky Cabrera (26), Alex Gordon (27) and Jeff Francouer (27) old by comparison. And Jeff Francis, the starting pitcher, is ancient at 30.

Perez is replacing Brayan Pena, who was placed on paternity leave, as the starting catcher. When Pena returns, it will be to assume a backup role after hitting .257/.298/.361 in 208 plate appearances, sharing time with Matt Treanor, who is sidelined with a concussion.
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Royals add to youth movement, call up Perez

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