Look out Refsnyder: Yankees interested in Braves’ 2B prospect

Written By kom nampuldu on Kamis, 16 April 2015 | 18.18

BALTIMORE — The Yankees have let the Braves know they have an interest in Atlanta's second-base prospect Jose Peraza who is currently playing at Triple-A.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation the Yankees made contact with the Braves and sent scout Dennis Twombley to Gwinnett, Ga. recently to watch Peraza, who turns 22 on April 30.

Baseball America ranked the 6-foot, 165-pound native of Venezuela as the 54th best prospect in the minor leagues and MLB had him 39th.

In 349 minor league games Peraza started Wednesday night's action batting .303 with an on-base percentage of .349. He had 178 steals and was caught 42 times.

The Yankees' interest in Peraza could be a strong sign they don't believe Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela are long-term solutions at second base. Refsnyder's defensive struggles in spring training have carried over to the Triple-A season where he has made three errors in six games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Pirela is still on the road back from a spring-training concussion.

While the Yankees aren't likely to surrender top pitching prospect Luis Severino, they could put together a two-player package that might include catcher Gary Sanchez who has been passed in the organization's pecking order by John Ryan Murphy.


There is a chance Brett Gardner will spend part of Thursday's off undergoing an MRI exam in Tampa to make sure there is no structural damage in his right wrist.

"If it didn't progress in the two days like we thought it should we would do an MRI [exam] but I am hoping we won't have to,'' manager Joe Girardi said before Wednesday night's game. "He feels a lot better today than [Tuesday] so it would be more precautionary than anything.''

Gardner hasn't played since getting hit Monday night.

"I don't know if a MRI [exam] is still in the works,'' said Gardner, who said he will be at the Tampa complex to receive treatment Thursday. "The MRI would get a different look at it. I am not sure I will get one or not. It's much better today than [Tuesday] so I am encouraged by that.''

Following the loss Gardner said, "I am pleased how it feels and I expect to play Friday.''


Yankees minor league pitcher Wilking Rodriguez has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for Furosemide, a performance-enhancing substance.

Rodriguez, who was in spring training with the Yankees, hadn't pitched this year for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while appealing the suspension.

"He threw well in spring training, it's not what you want to see,'' Girardi said. "We tell our players to make sure [what they put in the body]. If there are any questions don't do it.''


Didi Gregorius , who went 1-for-3, is hitting .172 (5- for-29). He also had made two glaring baserunning mistakes in nine games, and committed an error Tuesday night.

"Let's not forget he is 25 and this is the first time he has been on an Opening Day roster,'' Girardi said of Derek Jeter's replacement. "It's been a week, that's why I don't make too much of it.''

Gregorius downplayed the slow start.

"I am a human being and everybody makes mistakes,'' he said.

Asked about Yankees fans chanting Jeter's name, Gregorius brushed it aside.

"I just laughed. What can I do? I can't control what comes out of their mouths,'' Gregorius said.


Right-hander Branden Pinder was promoted from SWB on Wednesday when right-handed reliever Joel De La Cruz was sent to Double-A Trenton.

Pinder is on the 40-man roster and Wednesday was the first day a player optioned before the big league season opened was eligible to join the big leagues.

He pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his major league debut.

With Esmil Rogers available out of the pen after throwing 4 ²/₃ innings last Friday, the Yankees had a full complement of relief arms.

Pinder appeared in two games for SWB and tossed three scoreless innings.


Chris Capuano (quadriceps) will throw batting practice Thursday at the Yankees' minor league complex. Ivan Nova (elbow) will play catch to prepare for his second batting practice session Friday. Andrew Bailey (coming back from shoulder surgery) pitched for Single-A Tampa Tuesday and threw batting practice Wednesday in the first step in getting the Wagner College product to throw in back-to-back games for the first time this year.

— Additional reporting by Joel Sherman


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