Full name is Salvador Johan (Diaz) Perez...has a son, Salvador, Jr...Played for the Major League All-Stars in their 2014 Tour of Japan in November...Participated in Royals FanFest, 2010-16…also participated in a calendar shoot for Braden's Hope for childhood cancer research, the annual Gloves for Kids fundraiser and events at the Guadalupe Center, Inc.
Played in 139 games, making 128 starts behind the plate…also served as the designated hitter on seven occasions…his 139 games were his fewest since 2013, missing six games due to a quad contusion suffered May 28 after colliding with Cheslor Cuthbert chasing a foul popup...Selected to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game, earning the starting nod for the third straight year, becoming the first Royal to do that since George Brett (1981-85)…hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the second inning off former teammate Johnny Cueto...Received a Major League best 4,965,838 All-Star Game votes, becoming the first Royal to lead the Majors in All-Star voting since George Brett in 1981...Won his fourth-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award, becoming the first Royal to win four or more in a row since Frank White (1977-82) won six-straight…his streak is the longest by an AL catcher since Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez won 10 in a row (1992-2001)...Named the AL's Silver Slugger Award honoree at catcher…became the first Royals backstop to earn the award...Set a career high with 22 home runs, including 21 as a catcher to match his franchise record from 2015… became the second Royals catcher (Darrell Porter) to hit 15 home runs or more in three different seasons (also, 2014)...Matched career highs in runs scored (57), doubles (28) and walks (22), all previously done in 2014...Hit .305 (67-for-220) with 14 doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 35 RBI over his first 60 games…batted just .204 (60-for-294) with 24 extra-base hits and 29 RBI in his final 79 games...Led American League catchers in hits for the fourthstraight season…also tops in doubles, homers, extrabase hits and slugging percentage (.436) among AL catchers...Threw out 30 would-be basestealers, second most in the Majors behind Jonathan Lucroy (40)…his 48.1 caught stealing percentage ranked first in the Majors in 2016 (min. 25 attempts) and set a new franchise record (min. 40 attempts)...Batted .291 (71-for-244) with 19 doubles, two triples, 11 homers and 37 RBI vs. AL Central foes…his .520 slugging percentage within the division ranked sixth in the Majors (min. 150 at-bats)...Established a career high with five RBI on April 19 vs. Detroit, collecting a two-run double and a three-run homer…became the first Royals catcher with five RBI in a game since John Buck did it on April 30, 2009 vs. Toronto...Went 5-for-5 with three runs scored on May 23 at Minnesota, finishing a homer shy of the cycle…became the second Royals catcher to have five hits in a game, joining Darrell Porter, who did it against the White Sox on June 4, 1978…it was the first five-hit game by a Royal since Billy Butler on Sept. 5, 2013...Had a season-best 12-game hitting streak from May 13-27, batting .417 (20-for-48) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and seven RBI…it matched the second-longest streak of his career, trailing only his 17-game run in 2012...Had his second career walk-off RBI in the regular season on July 7 vs. Seattle, a two-run double in the ninth inning off Steve Cishek...Recorded his second career multi-homer game on Aug. 27 at Boston with a pair of solo shots…became the first visiting catcher to hit two homers in a game at Fenway Park since Russell Martin did it on April 9, 2011.
Salvador was selected to the All-Star Game for the third time in his career, starting behind the plate for the American League for the second-straight season…he became the first Royal to start consecutive years at the Midsummer Classic since George Brett did it in five-straight years (1981-85)...Earned his third-straight Rawlings Gold Glove, becoming the first A.L. catcher to win three straight since Joe Mauer (2008-10)...Set a franchise record with 21 home runs as a catcher, passing Mike Macfarlane, who hit 20 as a backstop in 1993… eight of his 21 home runs came in the seventh inning or later...Blasted a go-ahead solo shot off Texas reliever Keone Kela in the eighth inning of a 4-3 victory on June 7...Hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning at Detroit on September 18, sending the game into extra-innings...Led A.L. catchers in hits (137) and doubles (25) and ranked third in homers (21) and RBI (70)...Recorded 38 two-out RBI, which ranked ninth in the American League…hit .371 (26-for-70) with runners in scoring position and two outs, which was third in the A.L. among hitters with at least 50 at-bats in those situations...Hit .311 with a .489 slugging percentage with runners in scoring position...Batted .293 (22-for-75) with five doubles and two homers in 19 Interleague games...Hit .326 (28-for-86) with five doubles, three homers and 14 RBI during the month of April…batted .296 (32-for- 108) with six doubles, three homers and 15 RBI over his final 30 regular season games...Matched a career high with two doubles at Baltimore on September 13, marking the seventh time he's done that...Had three hits in a game six times and had four games with three RBI...Tied for third in the A.L., throwing out 24 would-be basestealers…since the start of the 2013 season, Salvy has gunned down 70 runners trying to steal, which ranks second in the Major Leagues, behind only Russell Martin (82)...Unanimously named World Series MVP, becoming the seventh catcher to win MVP honors in the Fall Classic and first since Toronto's Pat Borders in 1992...also the second Venezuelan-born player to earn the honor, joining Pablo Sandoval, who did it with San Francisco in 2012...Started all 16 postseason games behind the plate…hit four postseason homers, which tied for fifth among all participants...his 10 runs scored also tied for fifth...His four homers were tied for second most by a catcher in a single postseason, while he was the first backstop to hit as many as four home runs since Boston's Jason Varitek did it during the 2003 playoffs...Hit .364 (8-for-22) with two doubles and two RBI during the World Series…collected three hits in Game #4 of the series, his second three-hit contest in the Fall Classic...In 12 career World Series games, he's hit .348 (16-for-46) with three doubles, a homer and six RBI…hit safely in 10 of 12 contests during the Fall Classic.
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).
Salvy came off the 60-day D.L. on June 22 with an 11-game hitting streak in which he hit .425 (17-for-40) with 3
doubles and 3 home runs...he had missed the entire 2012 season to that point after undergoing surgery in March
to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee...Led all MLB catchers with 5 pickoffs in just 74 games, 2 more than anyone else...the 5 pickoffs were a franchise
single-season record and his 8 career pickoffs also are a Royals career record...Posted a career-best and 2012 team-high 17-game hitting streak from August 22-September 13...hit .361 (26-for-72)
during this streak which was the longest ever by a Royals catcher...also hit in 16 straight as a catcher (1 as DH),
the longest streak by a MLB backstop in 2012...After returning from the D.L. on June 22, led all A.L. catchers (min. 70 games caught over that span) in average
(.301), hits (87), runs (38), and doubles (16)...His 27 strikeouts were tied for the second-fewest in MLB among players with at least 250 at bats...fewest was
Philly's Placido Polanco with 25...Opponents attempted just 40 stolen bases in his 74 games and he caught 15 of the 40 (37.5%), the best pct. among
all A.L. catchers (min. 70 games)...Hit his first pro walk-off homer on September 15 vs. Los Angeles...Following season, played for La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League...serving as the DH for a majority of
his 32 games, he hit .371 with 10 doubles, 8 home runs and 39 RBI and was named Venezuelan Winter League
Rookie of the Year...Signed a five-year contract through 2016 with three options seasons: 2017, 2018 and 2019, on February 27, 2012...Following regular season, was named Venezuelan Winter League Rookie of the Year after batting .371 (49-for-132)
with 10 doubles, eight home runs, 39 RBI and 23 runs in 32 games for La Guaira.
Began his successful climb to gain the Royals starting catcher spot with Double-A NW Arkansas before being promoted to Omaha (AAA) and then to the Majors for his first time in August. ... Had his contract selected on August 10 and made his debut that night at Tampa Bay ... recorded his first big league hit with a single and also picked off runners at both first and third base. ... Blasted his first career home run off the Tigers'Max Scherzer on August 29 at Detroit. ... After hitting just .182 (6-for-33) in his first 9 games as a big leaguer, batted .374 (43-for-115) in his final 30 games ... his .374 mark from August 21 on was the fourth-highest in baseball.
Spent the entire season at Wilmington (A Advanced) as one of the youngest players in the Carolina League...
opened the year at 19 before turning 20 on May 10...After batting .260 with a .298 on-base pct. and .387 slugging prior to the All-Star break, hit .318 with a .343
on-base pct. and .432 slugging following the break, including .402 with 4 home runs and 18 RBI in 24 games
in August and September...Finished eighth in the Carolina League in batting average...Caught 37 of 88 attempted basestealers for a 42% clip...Capped the campaign by participating for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League.