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7 Michael Perez C

Tampa Bay Rays

Fantasy Stats
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Key Stats
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Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2019TB22466100281900.345.326.217
2020TB1629350511000.219.172.172

Player Updates

September 23, 2020 05:36 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Losing work to Zunino
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 17, 2020 07:44 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Sitting for Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 13, 2020 12:00 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Heads to bench Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 10, 2020 02:24 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Out of Thursday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 7, 2020 03:16 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Sits in second straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 6, 2020 05:36 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Has three-hit day in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 6, 2020 03:12 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Knocks in three
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 2, 2020 04:32 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Receives Wednesday off
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 30, 2020 11:00 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Heads to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 26, 2020 11:00 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Delivers clutch homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 19, 2020 02:28 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Snaps out of brief slump
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 14, 2020 01:04 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Headed for more playing time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 11, 2020 11:32 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Plates pair in one-run win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 9, 2020 05:08 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Hits game-winning sac fly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 5, 2020 01:48 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Scores run in start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 15, 2020 12:32 AM
Rays' Michael Perez: Showing well at camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 25, 2020 06:56 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Joins Trop workout Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 5, 2020 01:16 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Positioned for No. 2 catcher job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez was the leading candidate to win the Rays' No. 2 catcher job on the Opening Day roster before the MLB suspended its season March 12, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Mike Zunino entered spring training secure as the Rays' top backstop, leaving Perez to battle with non-roster invitees Kevan Smith and Chris Herrmann for the backup gig. Though both Smith and Herrmann boast more MLB experience, their statuses as non-roster players likely work against them as they attempt to unseat Perez for the No. 2 job. Additionally, Perez is helped by the fact that he bats from the left side, offering the Rays more flexibility if manager Kevin Cash wants to play matchups in the late innings rather than having the right-handed Zunino play the full game.

March 4, 2020 01:08 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Competing for backup job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez, who hit his second home run of spring in a Grapefruit League tie with the Orioles on Monday, is competing with Kevan Smith for the backup catcher job, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

Perez dedicated himself to getting fitter this offseason and the work seems to be paying early dividends. The 27-year-old slugged 13 homers across 216 plate appearances in Triple-A Durham last season, although he's only left the yard once in 135 major-league plate appearances across the last pair of campaigns. Smith is a capable and proven veteran, so Perez will naturally have to continue impressing in spring to lock down an Opening Day roster spot.

September 1, 2019 06:36 PM
Rays' Michael Perez: Back in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perez was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

Perez's return gives the Rays three catchers -- Travis d'Arnaud and Mike Zunino being the other two -- and offers manager Kevin Cash a left-handed option at the position. While he's expected to see occasional starts versus righties, Toribio reports Perez is mainly expected to serve as a defensive option behind the pair of veterans he's backing up.

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Batting Stats
SeasonTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
2020TB388471411372700.167.237.2380.475
2019TB22466100281900.217.345.3260.671
2018TB247492111131900.284.304.3920.696
Total842042245226186500.221.286.3140.600
More Batting Stats
SeasonTeamG2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2020TB38302010103
2019TB22501500100
2018TB24502921000
Total841306431203
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2011R-Azl D-backs72355202321010.217.280.565
2012R-Missoula Osprey5822543661651060207201.293.358.542
2013AFA-Visalia Rawhide47179213190524117811.173.223.307
2013AFX-South Bend Silver Ha461622040122214145500.247.303.383
2014AFX-South Bend Silver Ha983195376214935629213.238.362.414
2015AFA-Visalia Rawhide3411715226032093710.188.254.316
2015AFX-Kane County Cougars55183184190126203143.224.306.290
2016AA-Mobile391227254131072901.205.252.328
2016AFA-Visalia471561740102119153310.256.318.365
2017AA-Jackson Generals802622973230539356102.279.365.424
2017AAA-Reno Aces392411161--00.444.5001.111
2018AAA-Reno Aces58218306291629204001.284.342.417
2019AAA-Durham Bulls541842345701342285102.245.338.495
2019AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab39150001--100.556.556.556
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/185
Birthdate:
8/7/1992
Age:
28
Hometown:
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Bats/Throws:
L/R
Team:
Tampa Bay Rays
College:

MLB Experience:
3