On top of debuting Oswald Peraza in a disrespectful manner, the New York Yankees don’t seem to be utilizing him properly after he’s gotten a few starts under his belt. Upon Josh Donaldson’s return from the paternity list on Saturday, Peraza sat on the bench for the final two games against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Is this how the Yankees should be introducing one of their top prospects to the MLB level? Why isn’t he getting more run after mostly impressing thus far? It seems the organization is just doing this all wrong.
It’s not just the fans concerned or wondering about this, either. Yankees broadcaster David Cone talked about it on a recent episode of Jomboy Media’s “Toeing the Slab” podcast and agrees the organization is to blame for the Peraza conundrum.
Cone obviously wasn’t harsh in his assessment. He merely stated the obvious with how Peraza’s been handled.
Like many believe, Cone thinks the front office waited too long to call him up, which has resulted in Peraza sitting for four of the 11 games he’s been with the team.
David Cone thinks the Yankees took too long to promote Oswald Peraza
Don’t forget Peraza’s first career start came at second base, a position he’s played a grand total of 12 times in the minor leagues, because of the team’s unwillingness to give Isiah Kiner-Falefa, a below-average baseball player, less playing time.
Pereaz’s looked like a natural both in the field and at the plate. His Yankee Stadium debut featured a three-hit game (and the first hit of his career) and he’s gotten on base in four straight games while striking out just once. But sure, let’s make room for Donaldson the moment he’s back, despite the fact he’s having a career-worst campaign.
Or … maybe the Yankees didn’t like Peraza schmoozing with Carlos Correa during last week’s home series against the Twins?!
We kid. At the very least, the Yankees have been deploying Oswaldo Cabrera in a promising manner, which provides some belief that they’re serious about this next wave of talent making an impact.
Peraza’s situation will continue to be frustrating if he doesn’t receive playing time, though. The Yankees needed the help in early and mid-August. Peraza was as ready as he was going to be. Instead of easing him into action and not asking much of him weeks ago, he’s now part of a pennant race in September and must make an impactful impression from the jump.
The Yankees almost always have a bad feel for their personnel decisions, and here’s another to toss into the dossier.