Los Angeles Angels catchers 2015 grades
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Although Perez wasn’t in the majors the entire season, he sure made an impact with the time he did have and proved that he should stay for good.
Perez started the season in AAA Salt Lake, where he batted his way up to the majors to the tune of a .361 average through 72 at-bats. During his time with the Bees, Perez also racked up two homers and 12 RBIs to go along with his eight doubles and seven walks. The Venezuelan backstop got called up on May 4 and made his major league debut the next day.
Perez ended the season with a .250 batting average through 260 at-bats, which included 13 doubles, four homers and 21 RBIs. The pitchers became more comfortable with him as the season progressed and Perez started winning the trust of manager Mike Scioscia.
If the 2015 season is an indicator, it appears that Perez could be the starting catcher to begin 2016. Catcher has long been a black hole for the Angels offensively. Scioscia, a former catcher himself, prefers defensive catchers and has long been too complacent penciling a catcher at the bottom of the lineup knowing they will struggle at the plate. Perez could be the offensive upgrade at catcher the Angels have been longing for, and the 24-year-old certainly proved he deserves the shot going into next year.
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