The Yankees did one of the most notorious September call-ups around the league, announcing their promotion for the best short prospect. Oswald Peraza From Triple A Scranton / Wilkes Barre. With active rosters expanded and Brazza already in the 40-player roster, no similar move is required.
It’s the league’s first major call-up for the 22-year-old, who has spent just over six years climbing the minor league ladder. Originally signed by New York outside Venezuela during the 2016-2017 international signing period, the 6’0 player spent his first two seasons in rookie ball. He put himself firmly on the potential radar by 2019, demonstrating a highly-contact approach to Low-A that year. Canceling the next minor league season cost Peraza a year of cast, but New York still feels there is a chance for another team to take him in the Rule 5 draft and put him on the MLB roster in 2021.
So the Yankees added Peraza to the roster of 40 players, and he’s held a spot there for the past two seasons as he continues to advance through the system. He made 28 appearances at High-A to start 2021, and earned a quick promotion to Double-A Somerset. Peraza played most of the year there, scoring .294/.348/.466 with 12 home points and 20 base steals from 79 games. The impressive 21-year-old earned him a late-season cameo in Triple-A and plenty of public support on the potential Top 100 list entering this year.
Peraza has been placed among the game’s best farm workers in the pre-season rankings at Baseball America, ESPN, The Athletic, and FanGraphs. ESPN’s Kelly McDaniel was the most optimistic, finishing 25th in the league, but evaluators broadly agreed that he was a short-term defensive player with strong potential and playing skills. Reports have raised questions about his tendency to chase stadiums outside the strike zone, but the general opinion is that he has the physical tools to be an above-average player.
The right-handed hitter didn’t do much to change those reviews in 2022. He got off to a slow start in Triple-A but has recently turned things around, and his season streak is now consistent .258/.329/.440. He hit 18 wrecks and slammed 33 bases in 38 attempts. Peraza’s 8% gait rate and 23.2% strike rate for both walkers, but it’s an overall fruitful display for a player in his youth and defensive profile. His bachelor’s degree is ranked second among Yankees prospects (only behind his short teammate Anthony Volpi) and 76th overall in the latest Top 100 update. McDaniel now has 36th in the league, agreeing that only Volpi is the promising junior operator in the New York system.
The rival teams have inquired about Peraza’s availability on the trading deadline, with the Reds and Marlins reportedly looking to include him in related discussions about Luis Castillo And the Pablo Lopez. New York has kept him, though, and he is now in a position to potentially have a role in the post-season run. The Yankees are out in the awful month of August, but they’re still locked in to play the playoffs at some capacity. Leading by six games over Rays in the AL East, New York remains a strong contender for the division title and the top two seeds they would earn in the first round.
It remains unknown what role Peraza will play, but it stands to reason that he will be in manager Aaron Boone’s starting lineup more often. Ischia Keener Valiva And the Josh Donaldson, acquired together in a great offseason with the Twins, was the primary left-sided duo in the Bronx. Kiner-Falefa has notched only .261/.310/.315 in the season, and carries a mark of .237/.290/.289 dating back to All-Star Break. He’s garnered mixed opinions from general standards of glove work. Kiner-Falefa is rated 11 times above average, the fifth highest mark among short stops. On the other hand, Statcast rates it as below average running.
Cutting back Kiner-Falefa’s playing time appears to be the easiest way to get Peraza into the squad, but the Yankees could also run him into a hot corner with Donaldson given a few more days. The previous MVP line averaged approximately .222/.308/.382 across 441 board appearances. He still praises unanimously from the overall metrics on his gauntlet, but the Yankees also gave the 36-year-old a decent number of rest days as a designated hitter.
Regardless of whether it is published, Peraza will have just under five weeks to find a place on the playoff list. As a player who was in the 40 players by September 1st, he is automatically eligible for the post-season (although players in an organization but not in the 40 players are often added to the final rosters via petition to the league office). Even if he doesn’t play a major role this post-season, Peraza will soil his feet against the league’s big arms as he looks to claim a spot on next year’s opening day roster. He’ll have one year of minor league option left after this season, so the Yankees could send Peraza back to Scranton next season if he doesn’t hit the ground running.
Peraza will be paid a pro-rata minimum of $700,000 USD any time he is on the big league roster, and he will get some major league service time. It was too long for him to achieve a full season of duty or even threaten early refereeing eligibility as a Super Two player. He won’t be eligible for ARB until after 2025 at the earliest, with the fastest path to free agency coming after 2028. If he is selected to return to minors next year, that could push his path into the future.
It’s also worth noting that Peraza won’t make 60 days of MLB service this season, nor is he likely to score 130 and exhaust his rookie eligibility. It will technically remain a possibility heading into 2023, a potentially meaningful distinction under the new collective bargaining agreement. Players with less than 60 days of service who appear in two of the top 100 pre-season lists in Baseball America, ESPN, or MLB Pipeline (as Peraza appears likely to do outside the following season) can earn their team’s amateur selection bonus based on their Their early career ends in the awards vote, as long as their club holds them on the MLB roster for a full service year. If the Yankees cut camp with Peraza and win the Rookie of the Year award or rank highly on the Player of the Year ballot during his first two seasons, New York could opt for an additional draft in the future.
Joel Sherman from The New York Post He first reported that Peraza was promoted before the team was announced.
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