SARASOTA, Fla. — Oswald Peraza doesn’t flip 21 till June and is the youngest participant at Yankees camp.
As Aaron Boone mentioned Tuesday, the shortstop is “a methods away” from the majors, however the supervisor referred to as the 2016 signee “a handsome participant on either side of the ball [with a] very brilliant future.”
For now, Gleyber Torres is the beginning shortstop, however the Yankees have admitted that’s not his splendid place.
And Pereza, who made his spring debut in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium, might get there finally.
Listed at 6-foot, 175 kilos, Peraza has proven a capability to hit the ball laborious persistently and is clean at shortstop.
“He’s a man, from a future standpoint, we’re about as excited as you would be,’’ Boone mentioned of Peraza, who went hitless in two at-bats after changing Torres at brief. “He seems to be like a man who’s gonna be an on a regular basis shortstop on this league.”
Boone pointed to Peraza’s “swing, athleticism and his fingers within the area” as options that set him aside.
The Yankees signed Peraza out of Venezuela for simply $175,000, and he spent 2019 in Single-A. He was placed on the 40-man roster and will begin the season at Low-A Tampa.
“He’s acquitted himself properly,’’ Boone mentioned. “He carries himself rather well.”
If Aaron Hicks can keep wholesome, Boone mentioned he envisioned him because the group’s No. three hitter to reap the benefits of his switch-hitting skills, skill to get on base and to keep away from hitting the ball on the bottom.
However that’s depending on Hicks avoiding the accidents which have plagued him for a lot of his profession. Regardless of Hicks now being 31, Boone mentioned there’s purpose to consider he can keep wholesome.
“I hope … with the ability to practice [this offseason] as an alternative of rehabbing pays dividends for him,” Boone mentioned.
Chad Inexperienced was initially on the journey squad, however the Yankees opted to maintain him again to throw reside batting observe on the minor league advanced as a part of a method to watch their veteran relievers’ workload coming off a shortened season.
“We’ll attempt to be just a little sensible and slow-play our high-leverage relievers, so far as sport motion,’’ Boone mentioned. “Attempt to be conscious of all of the issues we talked about beginning pitchers and innings coming off final season, we wish to be conscious of that with relievers, as properly.”
Boone mentioned he desires to maintain them in additional of a managed setting in the course of the spring; Aroldis Chapman and Darren O’Day additionally threw reside BP on the advanced. Final yr’s first-round choose, catcher Austin Wells, walked and struck out in opposition to Chapman.
Bronx native Andrew Velazquez additionally crushed a house run off the batter’s eye in opposition to prospect Luis Gil.
Aaron Decide doubled into the hole Tuesday and is slated to play Wednesday, his first set of video games on back-to-back days. … Outfield prospect Estevan Florial nonetheless isn’t in camp with a visa difficulty. Boone mentioned the group hoped to know extra quickly.
— Extra reporting by Greg Joyce in Tampa