2. Oswald Peraza
Gleyber Torres is witnessing another stretch of “the worst play you’ve ever seen.” Isiah Kiner-Falefa isn’t a needle-mover by any means and isn’t even a proper stopgap. Josh Donaldson is having a career-worst season. Marwin Gonzalez isn’t playing. Anything else we forgot?
Oswald Peraza might not be taking Triple-A Scranton by storm, but he’s hitting .257 with a .766 OPS, 55 runs scored, 18 homers, 49 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 97 games. What more do the Yankees need to see? A .300 batting average with an .850 OPS? But why bother waiting for that if you believe in the talent?
Maybe Peraza works out, maybe he doesn’t. But again, the theme here is trying something different. Does his glove need some refinement? Yes. Could his bat see a bit more progression? Yes. Do both of those things absolutely need to happen before Peraza makes his MLB debut? Absolutely not.
How much worse could he really be than IKF and Torres? He’d have to be historically bad! Like, Joey Gallo bad! Why is there no faith for the young talent to exceed whatever the lowest bar is? Or, at the very least, why does it feel that way?
Peraza providing innings at short and second while adding speed and power to the bottom of the lineup can only hurt if he has one of the worst prospect debuts ever. Take a chance!