Milwaukee – When the Yankees summoned Much respected on the short hiatus, Oswald Peraza was on Sept 1 after expanding rosters, and Aaron Boone was asked what role the 22-year-old could play.
“We’ll see,” replied Boone. “He’ll get some chances.”
At the time, it seemed unlikely that the Yankees would attend Possibility number 3 In their farm system only to keep him on the bench, but on the first day, Peraza was not in the lineup.
Boone made it clear that Isiah Kiner-Falefa would still be the start in a nutshell.
Since then, Peraza has started six games, but hasn’t played at all since September 9 as the Yankees head into their Friday series opener in Milwaukee.
Why would the Yankees have a player making his MLB debut only to let him gather dust in the dugout rather than keep him at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he’s been playing every day?
Enfield coach Travis Chapman has worked with Peraza since the Venezuelan signed with the organization in 2016 – first as their manager in the Dominican Summer League, and most recently last year, when Chapman was the minor league coordinator. Chapman was part of the discussion about how to handle Peraza’s future, which he said general manager Brian Cashman led “carefully” in looking at “the pros and cons.”
“I think Peraza is here after his year [in the minors]Chapman said this week in Boston. “Playing here and experiencing this is great for him. You can’t repeat the things he does here at Triple-A.”
Last season, Peraza finished off a .297/ .356/ .477 slash, 18 wrecks and 38 stolen bases as he progressed from High-A to Double-A to Triple-A (eight games), where he remained for the opening 2022 campaign. . His eventual arrival at The Bronx appears to have been just a matter of timing after the season ended as the Yankees’ premier free-agent class sat out from short stops while waiting for Peraza and fellow farmer Anthony Volpe to develop.
Although his major league playing time was minimal, to Chapman’s view, Peraza worked with Chapman and other coaches at the major league level, as well as learning the routines of his new teammates – including Keener Valiva.
“[Kiner-Falefa] ‘He has a great game plan,’ said Chapman, ‘and seeing what he does every day will help Peraza.’
“For a guy new to the big leagues like Peraza, you just try to create situations that are as game-like as possible. You can repeat the game as soon as possible.”
This includes hitting the fungus while using the clock, to keep Peraza accustomed to the rhythm of the game.
The Yankees also had him keep an eye on opposing short stops like Rays’ Taylor Walls to get a better feel for the game – which is indeed a strong point for Peraza.
“We’re working on a little pre-pitch prep,” Chapman said. “I think the best is yet to come. … He is an athlete who is good enough to play short and second, and I imagine he will be able to play in third place. He has a really good first step, and he knows the game very well.”
Chapman said the team put its weight in letting Peraza play more in the juniors rather than coming onto the field less regularly in the majors and acknowledged the uncertainty this transition implies.
“Different men don’t come with instruction manuals,” Chapman said. “You don’t know the exact best route. In my opinion, it’s a great experience for him. He’ll see what it’s like, play some matches here and there… I’d love to see him here.”
For his part, Peraza does what he can to make the most of it. He’s 5 for 21 with a pair of doubles as he scores five starts on the short term and one on the second.
“I just wanted to do my best in Triple-A since the start of the season,” Peraza said through an interpreter. “The goal was to put together a good season in Triple-A and finish the season in the major leagues. I accomplished that, and now I am going to give my all here.”
Meanwhile, Volpe, the organization’s top potential player, has done well since earning Peraza’s spot in a short time with the SWB, scoring 0.310 with a 0.907 OPS in his first 10 matches. The two could make up the middle field in the Bronx, possibly as soon as sometime next season. It is unclear what Peraza’s future position will be as he played on the short and second base.
Also featured in the photo is Oswaldo Cabrera, who has proven his worth in his defensive versatility, both on and off the field.
“I just do my job and do the work,” said Peraza. “I try to control what I control and focus on that. The front office makes the decisions with the team on the field. We’ll see what happens.”
Gleber is after it
A National League scout who spent a lot of time watching the Yankees recently noticed what most fans saw: a better version of Gleyber Torres.
“It was an unreal transformation for him,” the scout said. “From being completely lost on the board for over a month to the guy we saw last week or so.”
With DJ LeMahieu out with a toe injury (and uncertainty around it Whether he will regain his form in time for the play-off matches), Anthony Rizzo slowly came back from repeating comeback issues and Giancarlo Stanton so inconsistent, the Yankees needed someone besides Aaron Judge to take some of the burden to attack.
Torres, 8 for 19 with two hosts, has delivered a double and a nine RBI over his past four games, which coincides with the Yankees’ current winning streak. Put it all together and help the club fend off the Blue Jays and Rays, at least for now.
It’s a huge turnaround for Torres after he posted a slash of 0.180/.204/.260 in August that made him nearly unplayable.
His ability to use the entire field of late has helped fuel his hot streak, despite everything he’s been through in the past few seasons – hits. 243 in 2020 and 0.259 last season – even his fiercest supporters are wondering if he’ll be able to keep it.
Cold Fraser Reality
Jackson Frazier – known as Clint when he was a Yankee – described the Cubs’ decision to hire him for the job while with the team at Yankee Stadium on June 10 as “cool”.
“We had a day off the day before and to my DFA in the locker room and then I do it over the phone too, it wasn’t the easiest,” He told the Chicago Sun-Times this week.
Frasier is going through a tough season with the Cubs after he signed with them after his release from the Yankees last November.
He has played only 19 matches in the major tournaments this season and has earned 653 OPS. It did worse with Triple-A Iowa, being in the midst of a nearly two-month slump. By Thursday night, he was an 8-for-80 with just one injury to an extra base, nine walks and 42 strikes since July 26.
It was part of the long breakup for Frasier, who turned 28. A fifth overall pick in the 2013 Amateur Draft, Frazier was once a promising pivot for the return the Yankees earned for Andrew Miller when they replaced the left-handed Cleveland in 2016. Over the course of five seasons with the Yankees, Frazier notched a .239 with a .327 OBP in 228 match.