At long last, the New York Yankees are making a move they should have made weeks ago.
They are calling up shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza for tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The talented shortstop has had a productive season at Triple-A, slashing .259/.329/.448 with 19 home runs and 33 stolen bases so far this year, in Triple-A.
They apparently got tired of Isiah Kiner-Falefa‘s 80 wRC+ (20 percent worse than the league average) and .315 slugging percentage and are willing to try to give the squad a spark by fielding Peraza.
Anything is possible with the Yankees’ continued willingness to play IKF, but they would be interfering with Peraza’s development if they didn’t at least play him semi-regularly.
Peraza Needs To Play Every Day To Keep Developing As A Hitter
A Yankees analyst seems to think like this.
“When Cabrera was recalled, the Yankees started him every day (until last night). Peraza deserves to get a similar run. He’s a top prospect and needs to play,” YES Network’s Jack Curry tweeted.
When Cabrera was recalled, the Yankees started him every day (until last night). Peraza deserves to get a similar run. He’s a top prospect and needs to play.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) September 1, 2022
It’s the right thing to do: if Oswald Cabrera, who is talented but not as highly regarded as a prospect as Peraza, played almost every day upon getting the call, one would think Peraza will be taking over at shortstop: otherwise, why take him away from a situation in which he can play every day?
Peraza has been white-hot since June 11.
In his last 53 games, he is 66-for-209 (.316), with 14 home runs, nine doubles, 22 stolen bases, and a .942 OPS.
Those are big boy numbers, even if Peraza’s build is more lean and athletic.
He has long deserved a chance, and now, the Yankees are finally ready to give one to him.