Perez went 8 for 22 in the series with two RBIs, and 16 for 63 with four home runs and nine RBIs for the 2015 postseason, but his biggest contributions came behind the plate. He orchestrated great outings from Edinson Volquez (twice), Johnny Cueto and Chris Young, and also battled through repeated knocks and foul balls off his body.
The 25-year-old Venezuelan was signed by the Royals as an amateur free agent in 2006 and made his major-league debut in 2011. Perez is a career .279/.306/.431 hitter with 65 home runs. He played in 142 games for the Royals in 2015, in addition to making his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance.