2022 Player Outlook
Prior to 2021, Perez's career high in home runs was 27 back in 2017 and 2018. He rode a career high barrel rate, average exit velocity, max exit velocity and fly ball rate to a whopping 48 home runs last season. Alongside the home runs, he hit .273, his best mark in a full season since 2013, with 121 RBI and 88 runs scored. It was an incredible season for Perez, and he did so with a strikeout rate that was five percentage points above his career mark. Perez will not repeat his 2021 stat line. Typically, when a veteran has a year full of career bests, the next year can still be very good, but it's hard to repeat that production. He should still provide solid production in fantasy, and excellent power for his position, but draft Perez with the hope of 33-38 home runs, and not another year of 45+. He deserves to be the first catcher off the board.