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Overview: Salvador perez

  • Height: 6' 3" Weight: 240 lb.
  • Bats: Right Throws: Right
  • Position played: C, 1B
  • Born: May 10, 1990 (age 25), Valencia Venezuela
  • Salary: $1,750,000
  • Team homepage: Kansas City Royals

Birth and childhood

Salvador Johan Perez Diaz was born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela February 10, 1984. He was abandoned by his father at age four and raised by his mother. His mother, Yilda, enrolled him in a baseball school in Valencia, where he showed an ability to throw, catch, and hit as young as age six. He played pitcher and shortstop with teams competing in state and national tournaments At age eight, he showed that his preference was to play catcher, and set on playing that position professionally by age 14.

Baseball career

Pérez was signed by the Royals for $65,000 when he was 16 years old. Pérez was called up to the majors for the first time on August 10, 2011: He picked off two baserunners, caught five popups and recorded his first hit. On August 29, Pérez hit his first Major League home run against Max Scherzer of the Detriot Tigers.

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