Last night in case you missed it, Roberto Perez played hero for the Indians when he launched his ninth home run of the season to give the Indians ultimately the winning run in their 9-7 victory over the division-leading Minnesota Twins. Perez has again proven that the Indians make the correct decision when they traded away former catcher Yan Gomes this past offseason.
It’s no debate that fans were less than pleased with the players the Indians decided to part ways with this past offseason, Edwin Encarnacion, Yandy Diaz, and Michael Brantley to go along with Gomes. While Brantley and Encarnacion would be very nice to still have, though Carlos Santana is producing better than Encarnacion this year, the Indians are better off with Perez instead of Gomes.
Currently, Perez is batting .223 to go along with nine home runs and 20 RBIs, compared to Gomes who is batting .225 with only 2 home runs to go along with 16 RBIs. Perez is actually amongst the best for catchers this year, ranking third in home runs and ninth in RBIs, while Gomes doesn’t even crack the top 10 in either category.
The advanced numbers help to support Perez even more as he has higher numbers than Gomes in several key categories. Right now on the season, Perez has a higher WAR (1.2 to 0.4), OPB (.325 to .301), SLG (.446 to .318) and OPS (.771 to .619). Across the board, Perez has been better than Gomes this year at the dish.
Obviously, Roberto Perez isn’t going to be an All-Star or win a Silver Slugger this season, but he has been a helpful contributor to the Tribe this season. All you can really ask for from not only your catcher but a bottom of the lineup guy is to be productive and Perez has this year.
While most Indians fans were upset with the players lost this offseason, and rightfully so, the trading away of Yan Gomes is one that through this point in the year has proven to be the correct decision.