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There was steely determination in Oswald Peraza’s eyes this spring when he learned he would not be heading north with the Yankees, but heading to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He waited for his next opportunity, which now appears to have arrived.
“It helped me a lot, I could get into 3A and do some other things,” Peraza said through a translator. “I feel like, given the time and experience to be a better player, it made me grow. I feel like I’m better today than I was before.” The 20 year-old was assigned to play at second base, third base and shortstop, all positions he felt comfortable with.
Looking for sparks in the lineup, Boone hit as the starting hitter for Peraza in all three games against the Angels in Anaheim; a pitch.
These are hitters that the grappling Yankees are sorely lacking. He was hitless in the last two games of the Angels series sweep, but Peraza believes he can make life difficult for opposing pitchers.
“Just trying to get better in my day job. That’s what I do in Triple-A, especially when you see the pitches are closer to the paint than the strike zone,” Peraza said. “If I can hit these pitches, it just gives me a better chance.”
Peraza hits . six doubles, one triple, 9303 home run and Patience hasn’t been his strong suit, walking strikeouts, but Monday’s performance gave us a glimpse of his future in the division.
Referring to Peraza’s performance in the series opener, Boone said: “He Hit the ball at a high level there. That’s encouraging.
“When you combine that with the players, the defenders and the impact he has against the base,” the manager continued, “hopefully that not only gives us a spark, but gives him a little extra confidence that he can be the player he can be.” ”