Rafael Devers made his first appearance in the majors during Boston’s Tuesday game against the Mariners, but he didn’t notch a hit. On Wednesday he more than made up for it by making his first major league hit a home run.
Not only a home run, but a 427-foot shot straight out to center field to increase the Sox’s lead against Seattle in what turned out to be a much-needed win.
This isn’t to make fun of Perez for being slow. All catchers are relatively slow, and they take a beating behind the plate. Catchers accounted for just 2.75 percent of all major league steals entering play Thursday.
Perez has been an iron man of sorts, regularly atop the league leaders in defensive innings behind the plate, so his body takes more of a beating than most. In 2014-15, he set a major league record for most innings caught in a two-year span.
Maybe Perez, who made his fifth consecutive All-Star team this year, is just selective about when he chooses to unleash his speed. He is 3-for-3 in his career in stolen base Cheap Pirates Jerseys attempts, so he’s Cheap Packer Jerseys doing something right.
But Thursday’s swipe of second base was even more rare, given that Fulmer has only allowed six stolen bases in 45 career starts. So we had an iron man catcher on base after getting plunked, with a pitcher on the mound who’s hard to steal against. Of course Perez was going to steal second base.