On Thursday night, MLB Network aired their weekly Top Ten Right Now. This time, they featured the Top Ten catchers right now.
Despite two straight Gold Gloves, two straight All-Star appearances, leading the KC Royals to the World Series, carrying a much improved pitching staff, and regularly considered the top catcher in the American League, Salvador Perez only came in at number seven on the “Shredder” list.
However, host Brian Kenny ranked him at number five, while former big league catcher and MLB Network analyst Dave Valle had Perez at number three.
Do I think that Perez should have ranked higher than Buster Posey or Yadier Molina? No. But before the likes of Yan Gomes (Cleveland), Devon Mesoraco (Cincinnati), and Russell Martin (Pittsburgh)? YES.
I’m glad that Gomes is receiving respect, but I just do not see him as a better catcher than Perez. Mesoraco just became the Reds everyday catcher in 2013 (and wasn’t very good offensively his first season of 100+ games). Martin revived his career in Pittsburgh, but he wasn’t so great in the few years before that and who knows how he will play in Toronto with a lot more pressure on him to perform miracles with the Blue Jays pitching staff.
I even think he is better than Jonathan Lucroy, the Milwaukee catcher who came in fourth last season in the National League MVP voting. Plus, Lucroy has a hamstring injury.
You can watch the segment below via MLB.com: