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Yankees Send Dominguez to Triple-A; Recall Pereira, Peraza to Major Leagues

 Matt Tallarini  |    Aug 22nd, 2023 8:38am EDT

Jasson Domínguez of the New York Yankees smiles during Spring Training at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 23, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by New York Yankees/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees made three transactions Monday, recalling Everson Pereira and Oswald Peraza to the Major Leagues and promoting prospect Jasson Dominguez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The No. 2 New Yankees organization prospect and is No. 79-ranked prospect on MLBpipeline.com, Jasson Dominguez had been in Double-A Somerset before the promotion.

During the 2023 regular season, Dominguez played in 109 games with 507 plate appearances, batting .254 and recording 108 hits, 19 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 66 RBI, 37 stolen bases, and 77 walks with a .781 OPS. 

Dominguez, 20, was born in Esperanza, Dominican Republic and was ranked as the top international prospect to sign with a Major League Baseball team in the 2019-20 signing class. He signed the largest international free agent contract in Yankees organization history, getting a $5.1 million signing bonus on July 2, 2019, when he was 16 years old, receiving the majority of the club’s $5.4 million bonus pool, for international signings for that year. 

According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, “An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between Jan. 15 and Dec. 15. The player must turn 16 before he signs and be 17 before Sept. 1 the following year — in practical terms, that means players born between Sept. 1, 2006, and Aug. 31, 2007, will be eligible to sign in the upcoming signing period. Players have to be registered with Major League Baseball in advance in order to be eligible to sign.”

Dominguez was the Eastern League Player of the Week last week, as he went 13-for-28 batting .464 with eight RBI, eight runs scored, two home runs, and swiped five stolen bases. 

The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (23-30) are in sixth place in the International League East Division and are four and a half games back of the first-place Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-16) in the second half of the regular season. 

In a corresponding transaction, the Yankees promoted their No. 3 prospect and the 80th-ranked prospect according to MLBpipeline.com, outfielder Everson Pereira, to the Major Leagues on Monday. Oswaldo Peraza was also summoned to New York with Pereira.

Pereira, 22, born in Cabudare, Venezuela, has been with the Yankees organization since he signed a minor league contract as an international free agent on July 2, 2017, getting a $1.5 million signing bonus. He played his first professional season in 2018 with the Pulaski Yankees at the rookie level. 

This season, Pereira split time between Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre playing in 81 games with 343 plate appearances recording 91 hits, 17 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 64 RBI, 11 stolen bases, 32 walks, and 98 strikeouts including a .921 OPS. 

Last season, Pereira played in 102 games between High-A Hudson Valley and Double-A Somerset batting .277 in 448 plate appearances recording 111 hits, 17 doubles, nine triples, 14 home runs, 56 RBI, 21 stolen bases, 43 walks, and 124 strikeouts alongside a .819 OPS.

Peraza has appeared in 19 games with the Yankees this season, batting .173/.328/.192 with an OPS of .520, and has played three different infield positions and served as a designated hitter.

The Yankees (60-64) are in last place of the American League East Division, 17 games back of first-place Baltimore, and are riding an eight-game losing streak. They have not finished below .500 since the 1992 season, a 30-year streak that is the second-longest in Major League history. 

The Yankees play the last place Washington Nationals at 57-68 in the National League East Division on Tuesday in their first game of their three game series at 7:05 p.m. EDT.