April 17, 2021

Yankees ‘excited’ by shortstop prospect Oswald Peraza (New York Post)


SARASOTA, Fla. — Oswald Peraza doesn’t turn 21 until June and is the youngest player at Yankees camp.

As Aaron Boone said Tuesday, the shortstop is “a ways away” from the majors, but the manager called the 2016 signee “a good-looking player on both sides of the ball [with a] very bright future.”

For now, Gleyber Torres is the starting shortstop, but the Yankees have admitted that’s not his ideal position.

And Pereza, who made his spring debut in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium, could get there eventually.

Listed at 6-foot, 175 pounds, Peraza has shown an ability to hit the ball hard consistently and is smooth at shortstop.

“He’s a guy, from a future standpoint, we’re about as excited as you could be,’’ Boone said of Peraza, who went hitless in two at-bats after replacing Torres at short. “He looks like a guy who’s gonna be an everyday shortstop in this league.”

Boone pointed to Peraza’s “swing, athleticism and his hands in the field” as features that set him apart.

Oswald Peraza has the Yankees excited about his future.
Oswald Peraza has the Yankees excited about his future.
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