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Everson Pereira (38) of the Pulaski Yankees follows through on his swing against the Greeneville Reds at Calfee Park on June 23, 2018 in Pulaski, Virginia. The Reds defeated the Yankees 6-5. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images via AP)

Everson Pereira Caps Off First Season with Yankees

In his first season in the minor league, outfielder Everson Pereira finishes the season with a lot of experience under his belt playing 41 games. He was given a $1.5M signing bonus last summer by the Yankees who believed in his potential.

According to baseballamerica.com:

“When Pereira signed, he was an athletic center fielder with a well-rounded balance of tools and skills, hitting well in games with a fluid swing, good bat control and strike-zone judgment. At the time, Pereira was mostly a line-drive hitter with gap power, but he’s grown an inch and added significant size and strength, to the point where he now has plus raw power. He has one of the most balanced, well rounded skill sets in the 2017 class, with a promising combination of tools and game awareness.”

He was the fourth-ranked international prospect last year from Cabudare, Venezuela. Pereira stands at six feet tall and weighs 191 lbs. while he throws, and bats right-handed. Only 17 years of age he doesn’t turn 18 until April and is the youngest member of the Pulaski Yankees.

Pereira made his pro debut with the Pulaski after the Yankees skipped him over the Dominican Summer League and the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League after hitting eight home runs in extended spring training.

Manager of the Pulaski Yankees Nick Ortiz said “He doesn’t play like our youngest player that’s for sure. His IQ is right up there near the top of our team, and he’s been playing at a very high level all season.

In his first season in the minor league, he finished third on the team in hits with 44 and in RBIs with 26. In the 41 games, he played he finished with only two fielding errors. He had a batting average of .263 and a slugging percentage of .389. Pereira finished with an OBP of .322 and an OPS of .712.

My first year went as well as I hoped it would,” said Pereira. “I would’ve liked to hit the ball a little better than I did. I thought the best part of my season was my fielding, I didn’t let much get past me, and I made some plays I’m proud of.

According to MLB.com:

“Pereira is a true center fielder, and if all goes according to plan, that’s the position he will play in the big leagues one day. He’s considered a plus defender and a plus runner … He has also shown good instincts and a good feel for the game on both sides of the ball. On offense, Pereira has displayed a good line-drive swing and has a chance to hit for average with some power in the future.”

A lot of eyes were on Pereira coming into the season because of his signing bonus and excellent play in extended spring training. He lived up to the expectations placed on him with his exceptional fielding and well-rounded hitting.