Perez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, a walk, three RBI and one run scored Saturday against the Twins.
Perez had not gotten his bat going at all entering Saturday's contest, though he was able to notch his first extra-base hits of the campaign against Michael Pineda. That began with a two-RBI double in the second inning. He followed that up with a leadoff home run in the fifth frame. Even after his big day at the dish, Perez is hitting only .190/.320/.381 across 25 plate appearances. He should continue to serve as the team's backup catcher.
Perez, who went 1-for-3 with a run against the Twins on Monday, has made the Opening Day roster, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
He's had a fine spring in his bid to back up catcher Jacob Stallings, showing off a strong arm while throwing out several would-be base thieves. Perez is already on the team's 40-man roster, something which made his path to the Opening Day roster easier than his competitor, Tony Wolters. Perez, who's batting .185 in 27 spring at-bats, holds a career slash line of .221/.286/.314 in the majors.
Perez was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 28-year-old was apparently placed on waivers by the Rays, and the Pirates didn't allow him to get very far down the waiver order. Perez appeared in 38 games for Tampa Bay in 2020 and posted a .167/.237/.238 slash line with one home run and a 29 percent strikeout rate.
Perez went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Mets.
Though Perez returned to the lineup after a two-game absence, he'll likely see his starting opportunities dwindle during the remainder of the regular season and the Rays' subsequent playoff run. Mike Zunino (oblique) was reinstated from the injured list over the weekend and is slated to take over as the Rays' No. 1 catcher.
Perez isn't in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Perez got the nod in Game 1, collecting a double and scoring a run in a 3-1 victory. Kevan Smith will get a chance behind the dish for Thursday's nightcap.
Perez is not in Sunday's lineup against the Red Sox.
Perez is 5-for-20 with two doubles, two walks and five strikeouts in nine games this month. Kevan Smith will start behind the dish and bat ninth.
Perez is not in Thursday's lineup against the Red Sox.
Perez only starts against right-handed pitchers, so it stands that he would head to the bench with southpaw Mike Kickham starting for Boston. Kevan Smith will start behind the dish and bat eighth.
Perez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
After sitting out Sunday's win over the Marlins while a lefty (Trevor Rogers) was on the mound for the opposition, the lefty-hitting Perez will take a seat again Monday, despite right-hander Max Scherzer being on the bump for the Nationals. Kevan Smith will pick up a second straight start behind the dish in place of Perez.
Perez went 3-for-4 with three RBI in a 7-3 loss to Miami on Saturday.
Aside from Perez, The Tampa Bay bats weren't able to get much going against Sandy Alcantara on Saturday. The 28-year-old catcher had an RBI double in the fifth before singling in two more runs in the ninth inning. Perez now has six RBI in his last two games and is making a strong case to get regular playing time even when Mike Zunino (oblique) returns from the 10-day injured list.
Perez went 1-for-4 with a three-run double in a win over the Marlins on Friday.
The young backstop played a key role in the narrow win, as his fourth-inning two-bagger snapped a 2-2 tie and capped a four-run rally for the Rays. Perez has now hit safely in four of his last six starts, but he's still slashing just .173/.228/.250 for the season.
Perez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
After starting behind the plate in the first two games of the series, Perez will give way to Kevan Smith in the finale. Perez is expected to serve as the Rays' top backstop for the foreseeable future with Mike Zunino (oblique) on the shelf.
Perez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Though he's resting in the series finale, Perez is expected to occupy the strong side of a platoon with Kevan Smith behind the dish after Mike Zunino (oblique) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday. Perez is slashing .186/.217/.473 on the season and probably won't warrant attention outside of AL-only formats or mixed leagues that start two catchers.
Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Orioles.
Perez delivered his first home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning to supply the game-winning run. The start was Perez's first since August 21. Through 38 plate appearances this season, he is hitting .171/.211/.257.
Perez went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Yankees on Tuesday.
The young catcher drew his fifth start over the last eight days and broke out of the 0-for-9 skid that had encompassed his prior three games in the process. Perez's first-inning single got the Rays' quest for a victory over the Yankees off on a strong note, as it plated Kevin Kiermaier with the first run of the game. Perez is only slashing .200/.250/.200 across his first 28 plate appearances; however, he now has five RBI on five hits and has been more productive overall with the bat than fellow backstop Mike Zunino (.091/.200/.250), whose playing time he's putting an increasingly larger dent in.
Perez is projected to start seeing a greater share of the at-bats in his timeshare with fellow backstop Mike Zunino, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Mikey (Perez) has done a good job, he's gotten some big hits for us," manager Kevin Cash said. "We want to keep some level of consistency for both of them.''
Perez's .176/.250/.176 line is almost as poor as Zunino's .088/.225/.206 slash, as the Rays are simply getting minimal offensive production from the catcher position no matter who they turn to. However, Perez has actually delivered four RBI on just three hits, and his solid play behind the plate has earned him two starts in the last three games.
Perez went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and a run in a win over the Red Sox on Monday.
Operating out of the bottom of the order, Perez came through with a clutch single in the fourth inning that brought the Rays to within a run after an early 4-0 deficit. The backup catcher has made his presence felt with the bat in recent games, as he provided what turned out to be a game-winning sacrifice fly Friday against the Yankees and then laced a walkoff single versus New York on Sunday as well. Given that primary backstop Mike Zunino is now slashing an unsightly .097/.222/.226 over his first 13 games, it's conceivable the left-handed hitting Perez sees more opportunities against right-handed pitching with the short season restricting how long managers can give struggling players a chance to break out of slumps.
Perez came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning against the Yankees on Friday and hit what would prove to be the game-winning sacrifice fly.
The young backstop carried out his role effectively, with his flyball to center plating Yoshi Tsutsugo with the only run of the night. Perez is still seeing very sporadic action -- he has only two starts on the season -- but he's firmly locked in as Mike Zunino's primary backup behind the dish.
Perez went 0-for-2 with a run scored Tuesday in the Rays' 5-1 win over the Red Sox.
Starting for just the third time in 11 games, Perez cracked the lineup while Mike Zunino received a day off. Though Perez came around to score after being hit by a pitch, he continued the general trend of Rays catchers offering little production at the plate. Zunino is hitting just .087 on the season, while Perez has gone hitless through his first six at-bats of the campaign.
Perez is making a strong bid for the backup catcher job in summer camp, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. "[He's] a guy that is starting to come into his own," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "He seems pretty motivated and kind of hungry to make the most of the opportunity that is presented."
Perez had slugged a pair of home runs before spring training was suspended, and he's impressed thus far in summer camp with multiple strong at-bats during simulated games. That includes Tuesday, when he laced a double off the returning Tyler Glasnow. Perez is trying to ward off a couple of capable veterans in Kevan Smith and Chris Herrmann for an Opening Day roster spot, and Cash talked up the emerging backstop as a player that could take advantage of his opportunity in similar fashion to how Travis d'Arnaud did on last year's playoff team.
Perez was one of more than a dozen Rays players to participate in voluntary workouts at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The young backstop joined his teammates for activities such as playing catch, running, limited free-weight workouts and plyometric jumps, with the sessions held in staggered fashion and in groups of two. Perez was in position to secure the No. 2 catcher job behind Mike Zunino when spring training was suspended, although the expanded rosters and practice squads expected to be part of any abbreviated 2020 season should allow manager Kevin Cash to also keep at least one of veterans Kevan Smith and Chris Herrmann.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/16||vs SF||L 1-4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/14||vs SF||W 3-2||4||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/12||vs CIN||L 1-5||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||@ CHC||L 2-3||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/03||@ SD||L 0-2||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/01||vs STL||L 5-12||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/24||@ MIN||W 6-2||3||1||3||1||3||1||0|
|More Batting Stats|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AFX-South Bend Silver Ha||46||162||20||40||12||2||2||14||14||55||0||0||.247||.303||.383|
|2014||AFX-South Bend Silver Ha||98||319||53||76||21||4||9||35||62||92||1||3||.238||.362||.414|
|2015||AFX-Kane County Cougars||55||183||18||41||9||0||1||26||20||31||4||3||.224||.306||.290|
|2019||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||3||9||1||5||0||0||0||1||--||1||0||0||.556||.556||.556|