Yankees prospect Oswald Peraza on ridiculous home-run tear
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It might be time to bounce a pitch toward Oswald Peraza to see if he hits that for a home run, too.
The highly regarded Yankees prospect has homered on each of the last three pitches he has faced for the High-A Hudson Valley Renegades. The incredible streak, which includes four home runs in his last nine at-bats, began when he pulled a 2-0 pitch over the left-field fence in the ninth inning Thursday night and continued in spectacular fashion Friday.
Peraza, a shortstop, didn’t start the game – a routine day off, according to the team – but entered the outing as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning after an injury to outfielder Steven Sensley. Peraza homered on the first pitch of both his at-bats, including a go-ahead two-run shot that had him leaping out of the batter’s box in a 9-4 win.
The 20-year-old Peraza had just five home runs in his first 622 at-bats as a farmhand. He is ranked as the Yankees’ No. 4 prospect, according to MLB.com.
The minor-league season is just two weeks old and already Peraza is the second Yankees prospect to go on an incredible home-run tear.
Estevan Florial, ranked as the No. 10 prospect after playing in one MLB game last summer, hit four home runs in the season-opening six-game series for the Double-A Somerset Patriots. Three of those homers led off the bottom of the first inning and earned his promotion to the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he could be on short call with Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier struggling and Aaron Hicks out with a wrist injury.
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