Salvador “Salvy” Pérez was born in Valencia, Venezuela on May 10, 1990. He was raised primarily by his single mother until the pair relocated to live with his adored grandmother. At age six, Salvador enrolled in a baseball school where he learned to throw, catch, and hit at an elite level. By the age of eight, he expressed his desire to focus on his position as catcher. At the age of 14, he was completely invested in his dream of becoming a catcher in Major League Baseball. His hard work and raw talent caught the eye of the Kansas City Royals who signed him when he was only 16 years old.
In 2007, Salvador started his professional career in the Arizona Rookie League and quickly established himself as a strong offensive and defensive player. His success in the minor leagues led to his Major League call up in 2011. At only 21 years old, Salvador made his Major League debut on August 10, 2011.
In 2013, Salvador made his first All-Star Game appearance and won his first Gold Glove Award. He quickly became a fan favorite and face of the Royals franchise. In 2014, Salvador started 143 of 162 games, more than any other catcher in the Major Leagues. When the Royals won the World Series in 2015, Perez was named the Series' Most Valuable Player, becoming the second Venezuelan-born player to ever win the award, and the first catcher since 1992. He has consistently ranked as a leader in putouts among catchers since 2013; the inspiration behind Royals’ fans nickname for him, “Sherriff Salvy.” As a five-time American League All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Winner, Silver Slugger recipient, and World Series Champion and MVP, Salvador’s accomplishments are unparalleled and he is recognized as one of the best catchers in the game.
OFF THE FIELD
In 2016, Salvador signed a five-year extension with the Royals to remain with the team through 2021. Upon signing, he opted to donate $1 Million to Kansas City’s MLB Urban Youth Academy which supports underserved youth. Salvador's enthusiasm and passion do not end on the field, as he actively engages with fans and the community through social media and public appearances. He is known for his infectious smile and “Salvy Splash” where he douses teammates and coaches with a water cooler after a win.
Salvador is a charismatic and fun-loving friend, teammate, son, and father of two boys. He values quality time with his family and enjoys music, gaming, and Venezuelan cuisine. He is bilingual and spends his off-season in Miami and Venezuela.