Boone admits Yankees’ Everson Pereira struggling to put the ball in play

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Despite his impressive performance in Triple-A, Yankees prospect Everson Pereira has faced challenges since his promotion to the big leagues last month. One key area of concern has been his aggressive approach at the plate. To succeed in the majors, he needs to refine his swing selection and leverage his inherent skills while adapting to the pitching at this level.

While it’s important to note that this assessment is based on a relatively small sample size of 21 games, Everson Pereira has struggled to find his footing in a Yankees uniform. In the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader, a disappointing 5-0 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the outfielder added two more strikeouts to his record. This has resulted in a concerning strikeout rate of 39.2 percent so far, with 31 strikeouts in 79 plate appearances.

Boone acknowledges Everson Pereira’s problem

Reflecting on Everson Pereira’s performance during his three-plus weeks with the Yankees, there have been only a few moments that stand out as positive on the offensive front. These include a double off the wall in left-center field in Houston earlier this month, a two-run double at Yankee Stadium on September 7, and his first MLB hit, a line drive into the left corner.

Everson Pereira walks in the second inning against the Nationals on Tuesday. Everson Pereira walks in the second inning against the Nationals on Tuesday.
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However, these bright spots have been relatively scarce. Everson Pereira’s batting average stands at .143 (10-for-70) with a .427 OPS. He has yet to achieve a multi-hit game, and despite an encouragingly high hard-hit rate of 54.1 percent (as of Thursday), he has struggled to make contact. Prior to Thursday’s game, Everson Pereira had a 45.8 percent whiff rate.

When asked about Everson Pereira’s performance, Yankees manager Aaron Boone acknowledged that the prospect is having difficulty making consistent contact with the ball.

New York Yankees' youngsters Everson Pereira and Oswald Peraza at Yankee Stadium
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Boone explained that success in this league ultimately comes down to getting fewer pitches to do damage with, specifically good pitches to hit. According to the Yankees manager, he doesn’t feel like the player has expanded his strike zone a lot, but sometimes, the pitches Everson Pereira is getting within the course of an at-bat result in foul balls or swings and misses. Boone emphasized that taking advantage of those pitches is crucial and can be the difference between success and struggles in Major League Baseball.

The sample size is not big

It’s essential to remember that we are still dealing with a limited sample size in Everson Pereira’s case. His promotion to the big leagues was intended to reward his impressive performance in the minor leagues and provide him with several weeks of uninterrupted playing time, offering an opportunity for development at the highest level and a chance to showcase his abilities.

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To label Everson Pereira as a bust based on his initial performance in the minors would be premature. He has approximately three more weeks to alter the perception surrounding his first appearances with the Yankees.

However, if this pattern continues throughout September, the Yankees may have a more disappointing assessment of Everson Pereira’s season as they head into the offseason. With an available spot in left field for the upcoming season, his performance during the remainder of the regular season, along with Jasson Dominguez’s Tommy John surgery timeline, could influence whether the Yankees decide to actively pursue outfielders from the free-agent market this winter.

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