With Salvador Perez finally starting his rehab for Omaha on friday night, it’s time to take a look into who will be dropped when he is recalled from the disabled list. I do not foresee the Royals carring 3 catchers so Brayan Pena or Humberto Quintero will end up being designated for assignment. As of late, watching Quintero play behind the plate reminds me a lot of watching the Royals trot out the likes of Paul Bako, Miguel Olivo, and Benito Santiago.
Looking at the statistics, Quintero and Pena both have been what you would expect out of the journeymen catchers. Quintero’s catcher ERA is 4.17 where Pena’s catcher ERA is 4.18. The triple slash for both catchers are almost identical with Quintero’s slash at .230/.261/.354 and Pena’s slash at .255/.257/.357 so they are almost identical hitters except for the fact that Quintero does walk a little more often. With all the statistics out there, it really a flip of the coin to as could stay on the roster. The Royals aren’t gaining or losing much statistically if they drop either player.
If it was my call, Quintero will be the one who is DFA’d when Perez returns from his rehab assignment. Quintero’s play behind the plate all season as bothered me. At times he appears to be very lackadaisical to getting to passed balls and his protection of home plate at times can be called into question, but his stunt that he performed Saturday night (see the picture) during Bruce Chen’s interview with Fox’s Tom Verducci and Kenny Albert was childish and very uncalled for. As many people may know, Chen does have a very good sense of humor and is from what I can tell the one of the pranksters on the team, but at least when he pulls pranks, from the ones that have been reported or seen, they are all in good taste. All that being said and include the fact that Brayan Pena has been in the reserve role before and does not have issues with it, I think that we’ll see the Royals retain Pena to be the reserve catcher.
With all that being said, when Perez returns, I’m excited to see what he can do for the Royals. In his brief time with the club last season, Perez was everything as advertised behind the plate and actually was better than expected with the bat. I’m also very interested to watch and see what happens with Luke Hochevar, as Luke did go on a strong run last season after Perez was catching him full time.