Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez has agreed to participate in the 2021 Home Run Derby at Coors Field. MLB announced Friday, and Perez shared the news on social media:
The 31-year-old Perez, who is also the starting scorer for the American League at this year’s All-Star Game, is hitting .278 / .306 / .508 this season with 19 home runs in 80 games. During his career, he has averaged 26 home runs per game. 162 played matches and has 171 career home runs. He will be the third Royal to take part in the Derby, joining Bo Jackson in 1989 and Danny Tartabull in 1991. He will try to become the first catch ever to win the Derby.
So far, Perez will compete against first baseman Pete Alonso of the Mets, DH / starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani of the Angels, first baseman Trey Mancini of the Orioles and shortstop Trevor Story of the host Rockies. Perez’s addition means three spots remain open.
Among those who have said they will not attend this year are Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Yankees football player Aaron Judge, Padre shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez and Nationals player Kyle Schwarber.
This year’s derby is scheduled for July 12 in Denver. Alonso, the winner of the Derby in 2019, comes in as the defending champion when no All-Star festivities were held last year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.