Why Not Bring Peraza up as Well?

Michael Bennington
Thursday August 18, 2022

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Except for Brian Cashman & Aaron Boone, Oswald Peraza of the New York Yankees appears ready for the major leagues. The Venezuelan shortstop is considered one of the game’s best prospects and is currently playing for the Yankees’ AAA club Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. It’s difficult to see what else Peraza can do to deserve a callup.

Peraza’s hot streak continued last night with a 2-run homer for the RailRiders. His seventeenth homer of the season concluded an incredible nine-run rally. Scranton went on to defeat the St. Paul Saints 10-9. With the Yankees in a slump, fans are pleading for Peraza to be called back to the Bronx & given a chance in the big leagues.

This 22-year-old from Barquisimeto was recruited as an international free agent by the Yankees in 2016. Yeah, he is still quite young. Yeah, he’s still inexperienced. Yeah, he has more room to grow. Having said that, let’s not ignore that yet another known Yankee shortstop, Derek Jeter, got his major league debut at the age of 21. That worked out nicely.

Peraza is a very good player on offense. In 88 gameplay at the Triple-A level, he has already had 17 homers & 45 RBIs. He is hitting .262/.328/.454 and has an OPS of .782. Plus, he has stolen 29 bases, which makes him look like he has everything.

When it comes to shortstop, the Yankees might benefit from some help. D.J. LeMahieu, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Marwin Gonzalez, & Gleyber Torres have all played there, but none of them really stood out.

Peraza is fast and has a strong arm. He could be what the Yankees’ infield needs.

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