The New York Yankees have made it clear that top prospect Everson Pereira is in their plans -- or, at least, they've made it clear that they want you to think about top prospect Everson Pereira being in their plans.
According to chatter and reports from SNY's Andy Martino, Pereira is under consideration for promotion this month, one of the main reasons New York stood pat at the deadline rather than acquire, say, Randal Grichuk to fill a left field hole that's persisted for years. That's all well and good, but even the least cynical fan knows about service time manipulation by now, and it's become painfully clear the Yankees won't promote Pereira until they can be sure his 2023 time won't compromise his rookie eligibility.
Aug. 17? No dice. Sorry. IKF in left field. Aug. 18? Welcome aboard, Everson! The dawn of a new era! It's really right in front of us!
Pereira has been impossibly hot since being promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and while this big-league lineup needs an infusion of talent wherever they can get it, it's certainly a shame that the Yankees' No. 4 prospect isn't a lefty (or at least one of those funky switch-hitters like The Martian).
Luckily, Wednesday's Daily Pereira Highlight gave fans a little hope that, even though he bats from the right side, he still knows how to find a good porch when he sees it. Watch Pereira go oppo to extend SWB's lead following a frantic comeback, and dream about seeing that ball land in a sea of pinstripes in the Bronx instead of a grassy berm.
Yankees' top prospect Everson Pereira will make an impact in 2023 (after it's already too late)
Pereira might not fuel a playoff run this year, but he could at least make the sleepy Yankees watchable while getting his footing right for 2024.
All told, he's hitting .309 this season with 16 home runs and a .930 OPS in 272 at-bats. Those numbers get even stronger at Triple-A, where he's hit six blasts in 26 games with a .336 average/.964 OPS.
We know what you're thinking, though. With runners in scoring position, he still hits .264, but he's 0-for-2 with two whiffs with the bases loaded this season. That means whether he's targeting the porch or coming up small when all the pressure's on the pitcher, he'll certainly fit in well with the big-league Yankees, despite his handedness.