This should be a great spring training for Oswald Peraza. It would be his second. But last year was a toe-tap in the ocean.
The young shortstop was part of the wave of prospects who did not play minor league ball in 2020 due to the pandemic shutdown. With the Yankees contending, they stocked their satellite facility with players who had a chance to help the 2020 club rather than touted prospects, the way many teams, especially non-contenders, did.
Peraza was placed on the 40-man roster after the season and, thus, was invited to 2021 spring training. He was just 20. The native of Venezuela went 1-for-14 before he was sent to the minor league complex to prepare for his season. And it was quite a season. Peraza climbed from High-A to Double-A to Triple-A.
Baseball America just ranked Peraza as the 55th-best prospect in the sport. He generally is viewed as the Yankees’ second-best prospect, behind another shortstop, Anthony Volpe. But if all were normal, he would be one step ahead of Volpe to reach the majors — at least to begin spring training.
But all is not normal. The MLB-issued lockout persists. The owners and the union are set to meet Monday with the expectation of a Players Association counterproposal. But the sides, to date, have only moved millimeters toward each other (actually, the sides might argue not even that) when miles are needed.
Oswald Peraza is one…