After exceeding their international bonus pool in 2014, the Yankees were limited to no more than $300,000 in individual bonuses for the next two years. They still landed an intriguing crop in 2016, highlighted by Peraza ($175,000 out of Venezuela) and also including shortstop Jose Devers (sent to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton trade) and right-handers Yoendrys Gomez and Roansy Contreras. Peraza has yet to post huge numbers, in part because New York has challenged him aggressively, but he has some of the best tools in the system and held his own as a 19-year-old in Class A.
Peraza stands out among Yankees farmhands for his bat-to-ball skills, lacing line drives to all fields from the right side of the plate. Though he still needs to add more strength to his frame, he generates some of the highest exit velocities in the system and could hit 15-20 homers per season once he starts driving more balls in the air. He also controls the strike zone better than most players his age.
Peraza stands out in other phases of the game as well. He has plus speed and an aggressive mentality on the bases that translates into steals. He also has smooth actions at shortstop, the arm strength to make all of the necessary throws and a good internal clock that helps him make plays.