Michael Perez

Michael Perez

29-Year-Old CatcherC
Pittsburgh Pirates
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Perez paired a career-high 93 plate appearances with a career-worst 35 wRC+ in 2020. His struggles convinced the Rays to part ways with him in the offseason, though he has since found a new home in Pittsburgh. In 228 major-league plate appearances, Perez has accrued a 28.5% strikeout rate with just a .093 ISO. Some small glimmers of promise may linger under the disappointing numbers, however, as Perez was regarded as an athletic prospect with ability as a hitter. That athleticism has come through defensively in varying degrees, as Perez has improved his ability to control the running game, though his framing still lags behind. While unlikely, it's possible a step forward with his bat is next as Perez is entering his age 29 season. Jacob Stallings is locked in as the Pirates' primary backstop, though it's a near certainty that Perez will surpass his previous season-best 93 plate appearances. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#601
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$Claimed off waivers by the Pirates in October of 2020.
Clears waivers
CPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
November 24, 2021
Perez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Perez was cast off the Pirates' 40-man roster last week but will remain in the organization after he went unclaimed on waivers. The 29-year-old appeared in 70 major-league games during the 2021 campaign, and he'll likely compete for a spot on the active roster during spring training in 2022.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
18
29
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+36%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+185%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .682 56 5 0 3 0 .244 .393 .289
Since 2019vs Right .501 319 27 8 33 0 .147 .216 .284
2021vs Left .545 34 2 0 0 0 .154 .353 .192
2021vs Right .502 197 17 7 21 0 .141 .198 .304
2020vs Left 1.136 11 2 0 3 0 .500 .636 .500
2020vs Right .399 78 5 1 10 0 .137 .179 .219
2019vs Left .636 11 1 0 0 0 .273 .273 .364
2019vs Right .678 44 5 0 2 0 .200 .364 .314
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .511 169 16 5 18 0 .156 .225 .286
Since 2019Away .541 206 16 3 18 0 .164 .257 .284
2021Home .455 103 11 4 8 0 .125 .184 .271
2021Away .557 128 8 3 13 0 .158 .250 .307
2020Home .568 41 3 1 9 0 .189 .244 .324
2020Away .411 48 4 0 4 0 .159 .229 .182
2019Home .646 25 2 0 1 0 .238 .360 .286
2019Away .693 30 4 0 1 0 .200 .333 .360
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Stat Review
How does Michael Perez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.28
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
29.4%
 
BABIP
.170
 
ISO
.148
 
AVG
.143
 
OBP
.221
 
SLG
.290
 
OPS
.511
 
wOBA
.230
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.2%
 
Barrels/PA
4.4%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Perez joined the Rays in late July following a trade from Arizona, heading straight to the majors for his first big-league action and remaining there until a hamstring strain ended his season in late August. He didn't do anything particularly special with the bat, but his .284/.304/.392 line in 80 plate appearances was perfectly adequate for a backstop. He didn't project as anything more than a backup as a prospect, and he'll likely be fighting for that role with Nick Ciuffo this spring, with offseason acquisition Mike Zunino penciled in for the starting job. Perez's 3.8% walk rate is a cause for concern, though he walked 8.3% of the time for Triple-A Reno prior to the trade. Don't expect too much from the 26-year-old, but there's enough there for him to be a competent deep-league fill-in should he end up with a run of playing time.
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Designated for assignment
CPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
November 19, 2021
Perez was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Friday.
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Back to No. 2 role
CPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
September 29, 2021
Perez will start at catcher and bat seventh Wednesday against the Cubs.
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On bench Monday
CPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
September 27, 2021
Perez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
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Retreats to bench
CPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
September 22, 2021
Perez isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Reds, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
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Struggles continue
CPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
September 21, 2021
Perez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Monday's 9-5 loss to the Reds.
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