Today, the New York Yankees have officially added to their minor league outfield depth by signing Venezuelan Everson Pereira.
Pereira is a centerfielder by trade and looks to have the speed, instincts and arm to stay at the position as he ages.
Offensively, it has been said that he has the chance to hit for average with some power in the future. As most young prospects, Everson can hit the fastball well but is still adjusting to off-speed pitches. Reportedly the ball jumps off his bat thanks to his impressive bat speed, and that he currently possesses a line-drive swing with gap-to-gap power. His bat path, bat control, balance, and pitch recognition skills all have earned high praise as well.
According to Baseball America, “Pereira has one of the most balanced, well-rounded skill sets in the 2017 (IFA) class, with a promising combination of tools and game awareness…. (He) has a lean, athletic build and projects as a true center fielder. He’s a plus runner who fields his position well, showing good defensive instincts with the ability to lay out for the diving catch. He has a strong arm for his age that earns 50-55 grades with the projection to tick up to a 60 on the 20-80 scale.”
Here is a link to a video of Pereira: