The New York Yankees have the best record in baseball at nearly the halfway point of the season. The Yankees have a comfortable division lead of 14 games over second place Boston. However, that doesn’t make them perfect. There’s always room for improvement and the shortstop position could use a nice upgrade. The Yankees decided to pass on arguably one of the greatest shortstop classes ever and instead traded for former Rangers infielder Isiah-Kiner-Falefa to be their stopgap shortstop until top prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza were ready for the majors. Volpe still needs to face Triple A pitching before they consider calling him up but they have Peraza in Triple A and I think it’s time to promote him.
Falefa can hit for contact and has made some flashy plays at shortstop. However, he has yet to hit a home run and is on pace to have as many errors at shortstop as Gleyber Torres had last year. Falefa has always been known as a glove first shortstop but has made errors on routine plays. He has simply not been good enough and so that’s why I think Peraza should be promoted. Peraza’s numbers in Triple A are as follows, in 248 at bats in 2022, he has a 242 batting average, 10 home runs, 29 RBI, 18 stolen bases, adn a 724 OPS. Are those incredible numbers? No, but he has been on a hot streak lately and has been a great defender at shortstop.
It doesn’t hurt to give him a shot. If he struggles, they can just send him back down to the minors. I believe Peraza can at least be an upgrade defensively at shortstop but if he does anything spectacular with the bat, that would be quite the luxury. I’m not asking the Yankees to rush prospects that aren’t ready for this level. They’re not in panic mode because of the huge division lead. However, calling up Peraza makes a lot of sense because I think he’s ready and it’s a necessity to have better production at shortstop with IKF’s struggles. The Yankees could really use an upgrade at shortstop. Maybe they could make a trade before the August 2nd trade deadline. Joey Wendle of the Marlins could be a solid option. However, the Yankees have an internal option that is ready and who I think can’t be any worse than Falefa. Call up Oswald Peraza Yankees! He may very well be the savior at shortstop.