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1995 Topps 1995 Prospects Eddie Perez 480 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Eddie Perez never looked like a kid when he finally arrived with the Braves late in the 1995 season. The reason he didn’t look young is that he wasn’t. Eddie toiled for almost nine full seasons in the minor leagues before he got his shot.

Here’s the thing about Eddie Perez, he was basically a replacement level player, but, when Greg Maddux chose him to be his personal catcher, he was a big league catcher, and had a decade long career. Now, calling a player replacement level is hardly a compliment, but you wonder if it really applies to a guy like Eddie. If we had the ability to apply value to framing, game calling, and such from his career, would he be seen as more valuable?