2. Oswald Peraza
In most systems, Oswald Peraza would be the absolute very best shortstop and the most impressive performer.
It’s no shame being the second-most stunning in 2021, though.
Leading the second tier of Yankees prospects entering this season behind Schmidt, Garcia and Jasson Dominguez, Peraza has firmly vaulted himself into the top group. Across two levels (High-A and Double-A), the slick-fielding shortstop has popped 13 homers, hit .298, and stolen a very impressive 27 bases.
The Yankees do that? The Yankees do that! Especially the New Yankees post-deadline.
Last offseason, many a trade proposal from fans and experts alike centered on Peraza. After all, he was bursting with potential, but hadn’t quite put together a sterling offensive season in full yet. Plus, Gleyber Torres was still thought of as the no-doubt shortstop (or, at least, middle infielder) of the future in the Bronx. Once DJ LeMahieu was re-signed, the onus fell on Torres to lock down the left side, but most prognosticators believed he’d eventually be competent enough on defense to match his exceptional offense.
Now? After the display we’ve seen from Torres this season, a campaign in which his average defense has sometimes outshone his offensive output, there’s no way the Yankees will easily surrender their young depth at short. They’d sooner trade Torres.
Which reminds us…