Sep 30 9:25a
Perez earned a start at first base Sunday, as he went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in a season-ending victory at the White Sox. After the game, manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star, "He's going to play first base in winter ball. He's got tremendous hands. I just want to see if it's an option, and I'm really convinced it is."
While the experiment wasn't without some strife -- a routine pop-up was troublesome in the third inning, while he posted just two putouts -- it should allow the catcher to preserve his knees for the future. If successful, the development would be a boon for the Royals and prospective owners alike, as the positional flexibility would keep his steady bat in the lineup more often than not. In any case, he ends his first full major league season with a .292/.323/.433 slash line, 13 homers, 79 RBI, 48 runs scored, and 21:63 BB:K ratio in 496 at-bats.