Gleyber Torres is, as things stand right now, the New York Yankeesâ€™ shortstop of the future, especially now that he worked on his conditioning during the offseason and looks lighter on his feet. The team is willing to give him every opportunity to show that he has the defensive range to play the position at least for the next five years or so.
However, the Yankees also know that they have to be prepared should Gleyber fail to defend his position adequately. Fortunately, they have a very promising teenager in the minor leagues that is shaping up as a future option at shortstop.
Currently rated as the fourth-best prospect on the Yankees by MLB Pipeline, Oswald Perazaâ€™s arrow is pointing up.
Peraza went 0-for-2 in a little cameo during Grapefruit League play for the Yankees this week.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said to NJ Advance Media that he is â€œstill a little ways away, but heâ€™s a guy from a future standpoint that weâ€™re about as excited as you can be.â€
The Yankeesâ€™ glove-first shortstop of the future
Perazaâ€™s profile is different than Gleyber. Torres is a bat-first, plus-power shortstop, whereas Perazaâ€™s strength is his glove. He is considered a plus defender at a premium position, so the chances of him being an everyday player someday are quite high.
â€œHeâ€™s going to be able to stay as shortstop,â€ a pro scout told NJ Advance Media. â€œAnd the ball comes off his bat. In 2019, I saw the raw power in batting practice. But just the poise and the way that he carries himself and plays shortstop for a young kid. I like Peraza a lot.â€
Boone explained that the Yankees are in love with Peraza. â€œHis swing, his athleticism, his hands in the field,â€ he said. â€œI mean, he looks like an everyday shortstop. And heâ€™s acquitted himself. He carries himself really well. Iâ€™m excited about him.â€
He figures to start the season at High-A ball, but the Yankees are hoping he can make it to Double-A this season and be called up next year.