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Roberto Pérez cemented himself as one of baseball’s best catchers

In 2016, Yasmani Grandal received an MVP vote from Travis Sawchik for his advanced defensive metrics, yet even in 2019, we do not give catchers their full due.

As defensive metrics for catchers become more prominent, it has become easier to understand just how valuable certain backstops are to certain teams. We can now quantify arm strength, pitch framing and blocking behind the plate, giving us a much fuller understanding of the position.

With every metric that has emerged, and a chance to play on a full-time basis, Roberto Pérez’s value has continued to grow. Pérez appears today at #5 on our Indians MVP list as the first of three players on the list to receive a first-place vote, which somehow did not come from this writer.

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