Yankees rotation may not be complete yet

The Kids are called up as Yankees collapse continues

The 2023 season feels like it couldn’t get any worse for the New York Yankees. After dropping eight straight games and falling to 60-63, the Boys from the Bronx are scrambling for answers. The organization failed to make any real purchases at the trade deadline to boost the sub-par offense or help reload a depleted starting rotation. 

In the midst of all the darkness, the organization is testing out the waters with their player development as the Yankees called up Everson Pereira and Oswald Peraza on Monday night. The 22-year and 23-year old will hopefully provide a young spark to an old and unproductive lineup. 

Peraza has already spent time in the Majors this season and last season with the Yankees. Pereira on the other hand, has never stepped foot on a Major League field and will be making his debut with the Yankees.

The minor league studs are joining the Yankees on Tuesday for their matchup against the Washington Nationals. According to Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the two young bucks are going to be playing “a lot” moving forward. 

While the possibility of playoffs looks slim to none for the Yankees, there is no better time to see what their young prospects have to offer and how they can compete in the big leagues. 

Along with Pereira and Peraza moving to the big leagues, Jasson Dominguez aka “The Martian”, is making his way up to Triple-A. The likelihood for Yankees fans to see Dominguez on the Yankees' Major League roster this season rises every loss the Yankees collect. 

The idea that Yankees fans could see Pereira, Peraza and Dominguez all in the big leagues at the same time this year is something that nobody could have predicted before the season.

Who is Everson Pereira?

The 22-year old Venezuela native has been raking in the minors this season. The Yankees #3 prospect and #80 overall has spent time in both Double-A and Triple-A with the Somerset Patriots and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Pereira, in both Triple-A and Double-A has a.300 batting average and .921 OPS in 303 at bats. Pereira has also recorded 53 runs, 91 hits, 18 home runs, 64 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. 

SOM 46 165 24 48 10 31 19 54 7 .291 .362 .545 .907
SWB 35 138 29 43 8 33 13 44 4 .312 .386 .551 .937

Pereira, back in 2017, signed a $1.5 million contract with the Yankees. Pereira was a part of the international class and never went through the draft process. The all-around righty has an overall scouting grade of 55; hitting: 50, power: 55, run: 55, arm: 55 and field: 50. 

The centerfielder has not always been successful as he struggled with injuries and the pandemic, but the best is yet to come for the young rookie.  

Pereira will wear #80 for the Yankees and will be primarily playing in left field. Pereira is expected to bat seventh in Tuesday night’s matchup against the Nationals. 

Who is Oswald Peraza?

The 23-year old Venezuela native has been great in the minors and decent in the majors this year. At Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Peraza has a batting average of .268 and OPS of .836. With the Yankees, Peraza has a batting average of .173 and OPS of .520. 

SWB 63 261 48 70 14 36 29 55 16 .268 .357 .479 .836
Yanks 19 52 5 9 0 6 8 16 4 .173 .328 .192 .520

In 2022 Peraza played 18 games in the majors with the Yankees, where appeared in 49 at bats and recorded eight runs, 15 hits, one home run, two RBIs, six walks, nine strikeouts, two stolen bases. Peraza also averaged .306, and had an OBP of .404, SLG of .429 and an OPS of .832.

Even though Peraza’s stats in the majors don’t jump out on paper, he is young and will need time to adjust to the majors and the pitchers. He hasn’t spent enough time with the Yankees to find his groove and placement on the team. 

Aside from offensive stats, Peraza is going to be a great player at third base, as we have seen this year. His presence will relieve a struggling DJ LeMahieu and disappointing Josh Donaldson. 

The all around righty has had a history of success in the minors, batting above .250 every season and recording an OPS of at least .654 since 2017.

The universal infield weapon has played many positions for the Yankees and in the minors. However, for this time around with the Yankees, Peraza will primarily play at third base, but will also take reps shortstop and second base when Anthony Volpe and Gleyber Torres don’t start, per Aaron Boone. 

Peraza will wear #91, start at third base and bat eighth for New York's matchup against the National’s on Tuesday night.

Who was moved to make room for Peraza and Pereira?

To make room for Peraza and Pereira the Yankees Designated Greg Allen for assignment and placed OF Billy McKinney on the 10-day injured list (back). 

Where to Watch?

The Yankees play the Nationals at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m. EST on the YES Network.