2023 Player Outlook
As seven-time All-Star catcher Salvador Perez begins preparation for his 12th big league season, it is not hard to think back to his record-breaking 2021 season where his 48 home runs, 121 RBI, and .273/.316/.544 line proves it was his best season ever. Perez did drop to 23 home runs and 76 RBIs and slashed .254/.292/.465 in 2022 but it wasn’t a huge surprise to some considering that he missed almost two months of the season with a bad thumb that required surgery in the middle of the season. He turns 33 in May and the rigors of catching will eventually catch up to the face of the franchise but there is no reason to believe that he is ready to slow down after a long winter’s rest. As long as he stays healthy there is no reason not to think that he once again can approach 30 homers, drive in around 80-90 runs, and raise his average back up to .270.