Top 3 fantasy baseball catcher replacements following brutal Salvador Perez injury
Salvador Perez was listed as day-to-day after missing the Kansas City Royals’ June 22nd game against the Los Angeles Angels. However, it was unclear what the duration of the injury might be. But the Royals received very unfortunate news on Friday. Kansas City announced that the All-Star catcher would undergo UCL surgery on this thumb. He was placed on the 10-day IL as a result.
Salvador Perez will have surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament on his left thumb. He has been placed on the 10-day injured list and is expected to return this season.
We have made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/KNTJZjmva2
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) June 24, 2022
Although Perez is expected to return at some point in 2022, this is brutal news for fantasy baseball owners. So let’s take a look at 3 fantasy baseball catching replacements for Salvador Perez.
Top 3 fantasy baseball catching replacements for Royals’ Salvador Perez
Jonah Heim, Rangers
Catcher isn’t a deep position by any means. Any fantasy baseball manager understands that. But Heim has been a sneaky good catcher in fantasy baseball leagues this season.
Heim is slashing .250/.315/.470 with 9 home runs. Heim’s power stands out. The catcher is on pace for more than 20 home runs which is rare from the position.
The main concern is playing time for Heim. But he plays just enough to be a factor in leagues.
Jose Trevino, Yankees
Jose Trevino has emerged as a cult hero in New York with the Yankees. He is slashing an impressive .282/.336/.470 with an .806 OPS. Trevino doesn’t offer quite as much in the power department, but he doesn’t strikeout much and posts a quality batting average.
Playing in New York certainly helps him as well.
The underlying numbers don’t suggest that Trevino can maintain his current pace. His exit velocity is subpar and he doesn’t walk a whole lot.
With that being said, Trevino’s numbers should still be enough to roster him given the lack of other options at the position.
Jorge Alfaro, Padres
Jorge Alfaro is swinging a hot bat as of late. And his positional versatility is beneficial, as Alfaro possesses both catcher and outfield eligibility in most fantasy baseball leagues.
Alfaro is slashing .288/.324/.492 with .816 OPS. He has a hit in 7 of his past 8 games as well. Alfaro is a fringe long-term candidate. But he is a guy who can provide your team with a boost with Salvador Perez on the IL.