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July 06, 2017

Season Stats: .288/.318/.528 (117 OPS+), 17 HR, 55 RBIs, 1.8 WAR

Still just 27 years old, Perez will be appearing in his fifth consecutive All-Star Game. This season, he doesn’t even have serious competition for his starting spot: He’s the only qualified catcher in the AL and trails only Buster Posey among all qualified backstops with 117 wRC+. Perez’s 17 home runs lead all catchers, and he remains one of the most trusted defensive backstops in baseball.

The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez is a worthy competitor, but his 21-game absence from early April to the beginning of May make Perez the only feasible starting option. Sanchez earned an invitation to the Home Run Derby after hitting 13 home runs in 201 at-bats and will rightfully be Perez’s backup, but the Royals’ veteran's durability plus his power surge give him the slight nod over the Yankees’ standout youngster.

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