The Atlanta Braves found themselves with a bit of a catching shortage early in the season that led to some major league roster time for catcher Carlos Perez. Tyler Flowers suffered an oblique injury on Opening Day during his first at-bat that required a trip to the disabled list. Kurt Suzuki suffered an injured hand after he was hit by a pitch on the very next day. Suzuki was able to avoid a trip to the DL but the timing provided some early playing time for Chris Stewart and all but made Braves go out and get Carlos Perez.
Atlanta acquired Perez on March 31 from the Anaheim Angels in exchange for infielder Ryan Schimpf. He was promoted to the active roster on April 2 to provide some depth while Suzuki was still out of the lineup.
Perez would stick with the Braves for most of April but he appeared in just eight games going 3-for-21 at the plate. He was designated for assignment on April 27 to make room for Tyler Flowers’ return from the disabled list.
That would be the end of Perez’s tenure with the Braves as he was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. Perez would appear in 26 games between Double-A and Triple-A for the Rangers where he hit a solid .305/.362/.537 in 105 plate appearances. However, he didn’t have much luck at the major league level with Texas either where he hit just .143/.176/.245 in 20 games.
Bottom line, what did he do in 2018? Essentially nothing, unless you count 75 PAs of abominable hitting (minus 3 wRC+!).
Will Perez be on the roster next year? No, he didn’t even finish 2018 on Atlanta’s roster.
What is he going to do next year? He’ll probably catch on as a fourth catcher somewhere if he doesn’t continue serving in that role for the Rangers.
Highlight of 2018: As a Brave, he went 1-for-3 twice. Yep, that’s the highlight.
Lowlight of 2018: On April 7, the Braves were in Denver and used a Ryan Flaherty RBI single to tie the game against Wade Davis in the ninth. That hit put the go-ahead run on third base for Perez, whose flyout wasn’t deep enough to score said run. Lane Adams later struck out to end the inning, and the Braves went on to lose on a walk-off walk in the 10th (after again stranding the go-ahead run on third in the top of the inning). This also feels like a good time to point out that the Braves actually used Carlos Perez twice as a pinch-hitter this season, which is wild in and of itself. He struck out both times.
Also, this is a video of Carlos Perez picking off Max Scherzer at first base, because that was a thing that happened this season. Never forget.