Ahead of a potentially turbulent deadline (which turned out to be a fart in the eye of a hurricane), the Yankees took top offensive prospects Jasson Dominguez and Everson Pereira off the market. What a prudent decision that turned out to be.
With the Yankees sitting on the fringes of the Wild Card race, Dominguez is solving Double-A pitching as the summer progresses, giving Yankee fans a hint of his potential. Pereira? After being promoted to Triple-A, he has turned into Willie Mays.
In his first 20 Triple-A games, Pereira knocked in 25 runs. If you're sick of the current Yankees and begging for a new left fielder (who isn't?), you'll also take particular joy in noticing that Pereira blew the doors off with RISP in those first 20 games.
Who does that? Someone who's Yankees property is allowed to do that?!
Yankees top prospect Everson Pereira has 25 Triple-A RBI already
Hear us now and believe us later: It feels so extremely good that whatever ailment Pereira was battling that contributed to his unexplained Double-A absence earlier this year has led not to drama and disaster, but rather a Triple-A breakout. For once. For once.
Pereira's MLB Pipeline ETA is still stuck on "2024," but he was mentioned by Brian Cashman in his trade deadline ramblings as a possible contributor later this season. If Cashman and Co. truly do believe in these Yankees (yes, despite not supplementing the roster at all), then they'll have to push several prospect promotion buttons in the coming weeks. Getting everyday reps for Pereira and Oswald Peraza seems like an easy way to infuse this stagnant roster with something, in much the same way recalling Oswaldo Cabrera was last summer.
At the very least, it seems like Pereira has paid his dues enough to get a genuine look next spring -- and by "paid his dues," we mean "blown the doors off so hard at Triple-A that he could teach the current Yankees more about hitting with RISP than Sean Casey can." His time is coming.