Yankees ‘upbeat’ by shortstop prospect Oswald Perza

SARASOTA, Fla. – Oswald Perza is not 21 years old until June and he is the youngest player of the Yankees camp.

As Aaron Boone said on Tuesday, the shortstop is “kind of distant” from the Majors, but the manager called the 2016 signatory “a good-looking player on either side of the ball”. [with a] Very bright future. “

For now, Gleiber Torres is the starting shortstop, but the Yankees have admitted that this is not his ideal position.

And Pereza, who made his first start on Tuesday with a 4–2 win over the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium, was finally able to get there.

Listed at 6-foot, 175 pounds, Parja has shown the ability to hit the ball consistently and is smooth at shortstop.

“There’s a guy, from a futuristic point of view, we’re just as excited as you can be,” Boora said of Perza, who hit two batters after replacing Torres in short. “He looks like the guy who is an everyday comebacker in this league.”

Boora pointed to Perza’s “swing, athleticism and his hands on the field”.

Oswald Perza tells the Yankees about his future.
Oswald Perza tells the Yankees about his future.
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The Yankees signed Pereza from Venezuela for just $ 175,000, and they spent 2019 in Single-A. He was placed on the 40-man roster and can start the season at Low-A Tampa.

“They have acquitted themselves well,” Boone said. “He does himself really well.”

If Aaron Hicks can stay healthy, Boone said he envisioned the team’s No. 3 hitter for his switch-hitting abilities, ability to get on base and avoid hitting the ball on the ground.

But it is up to Hicks to avoid injuries that have troubled him a lot for his career. Despite Hicks now turning 31, Bowon said there is reason to believe he can stay healthy.

“I hope … being able to train [this offseason] Boob said that pays dividends in exchange for that.

Chad Green was originally in the traveling squad, but the Yankees opted to hold him back to throw live batting practice on minor league premises as part of a strategy to monitor his veteran relievers’ workload reduction.

“We’ll try to be a little wiser and push our high-lever relievers into the game,” Boone said. “Try to be careful with all the things that we talked about from last season about starting pitchers and innings, we want that to be with the relievers, as well as that.”

Boone said he wants to keep them in a more controlled environment during the spring; Aroldis Chapman and Darren O’Day also threw live BPs on campus. Last year’s first round pick, Catch Austin Wells, struck out against Chala and Chapman.

Bronx native Andrew Velcaz crushed a home run away from the batsman’s eye against potential Luis Gill.

Aaron Judge doubled in Tuesday’s hiatus and agreed to play on Wednesday, his first set in back-to-back days. … Outfield prospect Estevan Florial is still not in camp with a visa issue. Boan said the team hopes to get more information soon.

– Additional reporting by Greg Joyce in Tampa

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