Salvador had another All-Star campaign with a strong first half of the season...started a Royals record 143 games behind the plate, while his 146 regular season games as a catcher overall were also tops in team history...Selected to his second All-Star Game, becoming the first Royals player to start in the Midsummer Classic since Jermaine Dye did in 2000...Sal grounded out in his only at-bat...Led A.L. catchers in hits (150) and multi-hit games (40), while he was second in extra-base hits (47) and tied for second in runs scored (57)...His 150 hits were the most by a Royals backstop since Darrell Porter's 155 base knocks during the 1979 season...His 17 homers tied for eighth-most by a KC catcher with Mike Macfarlane's 1992 total...Perez got off to a great start, hitting .283 with 18 doubles, 11 homers and 36 RBI before the All-Star break, but posted a .229 average with 11 doubles, two triples, six homers and 34 RBI after the break...Enjoyed his best month in June, where he batted .347 (35-for-101) with four doubles, five homers and 16 RBI...Had a season-best 12-game hitting streak, June 5-18, where he hit .370 (17-for-46)...Despite hitting just .229 in August, he tied for 10th in the American League with 20 RBI...Batted .320 (24-for-75) with four doubles, five homers and 14 RBI in Interleague contests...This included multi-hit contests in five of his first six against the Senior Circuit...Went 4-for-4 on Opening Day (March 31) in Detroit, becoming the first Royal to collect four hits on Opening Day since Fred Patek did it against Toronto in 1979...Blasted a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning at Tampa Bay off Kirby Yates, giving the Royals a 5-4 come-from-behind victory...Threw out 23 would-be base stealers, which ranked fifth in the American League...Over the past two seasons, he's nabbed 46 runners trying to steal, which are tops in the American League and rank third in the Majors, behind only Russell Martin (57) and Wellington Castillo (47)...Tied for the Major League lead with four pickoffs from behind the plate, while his total led the Junior Circuit...Salvy's 13 career pickoffs are the most by a Royals catcher and rank sixth among active catchers with Chris Iannetta...Caught every inning during the Royals' postseason run, starting all 15 games...Combining the regular season and playoffs, his 161 games caught were the most in Major League history...Hit .333 (8-for-24) with a double, a home run and four RBI during the World Series...Homered off World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner in Game 1, the only run the lefty allowed during the Fall Classic...Also had a two-run double in Game 2 of the Series...Collected the third walk-off hit in Royals postseason history with the game-winning RBI single in the 9-8 Wild Card win over the A's.
Salvador had a breakout year, becoming the first Royals' catcher selected to the All-Star Game since 1980 (DarrellPorter) and the first KC backstop to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove award since 1989 (Bob Boone)... Became the first Royals player to collect a hit in the Midsummer Classic since Bo Jackson in 1989...caught the final All-Star inning (eighth) thrown by legendary closer, Mariano Rivera, the game's MVP... Finished the season with a bang, hitting .367 (44-for-120) with eight homers and 32 RBI after August 23...tied with Detroit's Victor Martinez for highest average and most hits in that span...his 32 RBI over the final 36 gameswere second-most in MLB to San Francisco's Hunter Pence (35)... Ranked second in the American League with a .377 average (46-for-122) with runners in scoring position...alsoninth in the league, batting .317 vs. left-handed pitching... Collected 140 hits as a catcher, the most in Royals history...total led the A.L., and was second in the Majors to St. Louis' Yadier Molina (158)... Batted .310 (77-for-248) vs. A.L. Central opponents, which ranked second to Detroit's Victor Martinez (.331) forhighest within the division (min. 200 AB)...hit .318 (74-for-233) with six homers and 44 RBI at "The K"... Led A.L. catchers, throwing out 23 would-be base stealers...threw out 35.2 percent of baserunners trying to steal,which was the second-highest percentage in the league among backstops with at least 100 games... KC's pitchers had a 3.36 ERA when he was behind the plate, the best mark in the A.L. and fifth in the Majors...recorded his ninth career pickoff on April 20 at Boston, which extended his club record... Hit safely in 11-straight games, June 5-15, matching the second-longest streak in his career... Recorded first career multi-homer game at Minnesota, August 28, becoming the first KC catcher to homer twice in a game since Miguel Olivo in 2009...also matched career bests with four hits and four RBI in the same game... Collected four RBI vs. Tampa Bay on August 26 with a three-run homer and a sac fly... Broke a tie with a pinch-hit bases-clearing double vs. Cleveland, July 4, in a 10-7 win... Missed nine games after being placed on the Bereavement List (May 25) and seven games after being placed on the Concussion D.L. (August 3).