StockWatch: Indians C Roberto Perez
Yan Gomes owners are licking their wounds after the Indians’ 27-year-old catcher was injured in a home-plate collision Saturday. Gomes was diagnosed with a moderate right MCL sprain and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks while treating the injury with rest rather than surgery.
This opens the door for Roberto Perez, a 26-year-old defensive specialist who discovered his bat last season.After batting a combined .200 between Double- and Triple-A in 2013, Perez changed his approach to a more aggressive swing and hit .305 with eight homers in Triple-A before holding his own in Cleveland (.271 with one homer in 85 AB).
Perez played the 2013 season while afflicted with Bell’s Palsy, a nerve condition that caused temporary paralysis on one side of his face. With the return of his health in 2014, including being able to see the ball out of both eyes, Perez made himself into a legitimate prospect (ranked No. 15 in Indians organization by Baseball America).
Perez could hit for a solid average with middling power as the Indians primary catcher for the next two months, so he is at least worth adding in two-catcher or AL-only leagues. He could wind up worth picking up in deep-mixed one-catcher leagues as an alternative to a struggling starter if he hits the ground running.