Thanks to a high production of nine homers and 19 RBIs in May, Salvador Pérez was honored by the Royals as Player of the Month, in a vote among representatives of the media that cover the Kansas City team.
With his nine home runs, the 33-year-old experienced catcher and DH from Carabobo, who is in his twelfth season in MLB, equaled the franchise home run record for the month of May with Gary Gaetti, who in 1995 hit nine homers , highlighted the organization's press department.
The nine homers were the third-most in the majors for the second month of the season, after:
- Aaron Judge (12)
- Jorge Soler (12)
- Pete Alonso (10)
Also, his .635 slugging percentage was fourth best in the American League behind only Judge (.882), Mickey Moniak (.694) and Luis Robert Jr. (.640).
Starting the month on May 2 in Kansas City, he homered twice against the Orioles to reach 15 career multi-homer games. Only George Brett (17) and Mike Sweeney (16) have more matches in this curious category than the Venezuelan.
Pérez plated at least one run in 13 of the 24 games he appeared in during the month of May, while hitting at least one hit in 17 games.
During the month of May, Pérez posted a .302 average (96-for-29) with 18 runs scored and five doubles. So far this season, he's posted a .284/.321/.528 offensive line with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs in 50 games.
With 235 home runs in 12 years, he ranks seventh on the all-time list of Venezuelans in this category.