Royals catcher Salvador Perez to participate in MLB Home Run Derby

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jul 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-02 18:21:14-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez will participate in this year's MLB Home Run Derby, he announced Friday on Twitter.

Perez, who was also selected Thursday for seventh All-Star game, currently ranks ninth in the American League with 19 home runs.

He marks the fourth Royal in club history to hit in the All-Star game.

Mike Moustakas participated in 2017, Danny Tartabull in 1991 and Bo Jackson in 1989.

Moustakas lost 11-10 to eventual runner-up Miguel Sano. Tartabull hit two homeruns and tied for fourth of eight. Jackson tied for sixth of eight, only hitting one home run.

So far in 2021, Perez has posted a .278 batting average, with 19 home runs and 48 runs batted in.

The derby will happen on Monday, July 12, at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.