Braves’ Peraza And Mets’ Ynoa In Rome
Last night I scouted a pair of highly touted teenagers in Mets Gabriel Ynoa and Braves Jose Peraza. Ynoa ranks as the 18th best prospect in the Mets system per Amazin’ Avenue. Peraza is a top-10 organizational prospect in every publication and is the best position player to pass through Rome since Christian Bethancourt left in 2011.
When discussing Peraza, it’s important to highlight real-versus-fantasy baseball value. With strong defensive tools, just knowing he’ll stick at the position is a plus. However, Peraza’s profile is defense driven and the bat lags behind. Just 18, Peraz has yet to develop the strength or swing mechanics to turn on inside pitches. Maybe he develops marginal gap power down the road, but Peraza appears content pushing pitches to the right side and/or dropping bunts.
Just how much confidence do the Braves have in his bat? With first and second and one out, Peraza laid down a sac bunt.
Peraza’s speed raises the offensive profile, but not enough for me to consider him a must have in deep dynasty leagues. Is he worth owning in formats where 200 prospects are kept? Sure, but the combination of Peraza’s defense, and a weak Braves system has left the young shortstop a bit over hyped.
As for the 19-year old Ynoa, the right-hander struggled to locate his fastball down and paid for it. However, he did touch 93 mph and flash two quality off-speed pitches (curveball/changeup). His low 3/4 arm slot allows for deception and fastball movement as well. With room to fill out his frame, Ynoa will throw harder in time.
With pitching a strength of the Mets organization, Ynoa is undervalued. Of the 17 players ahead of Ynoa on the A.A. prospects list, nine are pitchers including four of the top five. In deep dynasty leagues, I’d take a flyer on him if other owners ignored a statistically strong 2012. Next winter, Ynoa has the arm to pitch his way into top-10 consideration.
25 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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