Oswald Peraza did something on Sunday that he hadn't done in his first 62 games with the RailRiders -- find the seats twice.
The performance was Peraza's fifth with at least three hits this season and the first time all of his hits went for extra bases. The 22-year-old has clubbed nine dingers this season in 55 games with the RailRiders.
MLB.com's No. 49 overall prospect opened the scoring with a one-out, solo shot to left in the first inning. Peraza jumped ahead 3-0 in the count before swinging through a fastball from right-hander Michael Pineda. Pineda tried to throw another heater past him again on the next pitch, but Peraza connected and sent a bullet over the wall in left.
After popping up to third in the third, Peraza again found himself in a 3-0 count with one out in the fifth. After taking a pitch down the middle for strike one, the shortstop spoiled a couple of tough pitches in the zone before connecting on the seventh pitch of the at-bat and lacing it to the gap in right-center for his ninth double of the year.
Peraza led off the seventh, and again the Venezuela native found himself in a 3-0 count. However, this time, he didn't wait to do damage as he barreled up the ensuing fastball down the heart of the plate and crushed it beyond the wall in right-center field. The home run was the third of five taters in the game for the RailRiders.
Peraza is sporting a .233/.297/.400 slash line with 18 extra-base hits, 23 RBIs and 22 runs scored with the RailRiders this season. The righty swinger is also on a nine-game hitting streak with five multihit efforts and is 16-for-38 with four homers, eight RBIs and seven runs scored over this stretch.
Yankees officials have touted Peraza's ceiling for years and he broke out in 2021, reaching Triple-A at age 21 while batting .297/.356/.477 with 18 homers and a system-best 38 steals in 115 games. He has louder physical tools than Yankees top prospect Anthony Volpe, and should arrive in the big leagues first, which could push Volpe to second base.
Pound for pound, Peraza hits the ball as hard as anyone in the Yankees system and he began to launch balls in the air much more consistently last year after adding some loft to his right-handed swing. He has a penchant for squaring balls up and could produce 20-25 homers per season, which would make him a perfect fit for the Bronx Bombers. After controlling the strike zone well in the past, he got more aggressive in 2021 but should still hit for average if he can reclaim some of his patience.
Peraza has the upside of a shortstop with four plus tools and solid power. He's a smooth defender at shortstop, where he has soft hands, a strong arm and keen instincts. He looks to make things happen on the bases with plus speed and savvy.