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Yankees reportedly interested in Braves second base prospect Jose Peraza

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Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

If you've been disappointed about Rob Refsnyder's recent defensive miscues, you wouldn't be the only one as the Yankees seem to be looking into alternatives. They have been looking around for other players to possibly acquire, have informed the Atlanta Braves that they are interested in their second base prospect Jose Peraza and have already sent scouts to watch him play. It's possible such things happen behind the scenes all the time, but the organization's open interest in him can't speak much to their confidence in Refsnyder.

Peraza is about to turn 22, is already in Triple-A, and is considered to be the Braves top prospect at the moment. Keith Law ranked him 24th overall, while MLB.com had him at 39, Baseball America at 54, and Baseball Prospectus at 92. In five seasons with the Braves organization, Peraza has hit 304/.350/.387 and has stolen 60+ bases in the last two years. He lacks much power to speak of, but he has the defensive abilities that Refsnyder and Jose Pirela don't have. He was a shortstop up until last year (moved only because he was blocked by Andrelton Simmons), so if the Yankees can get him he could be the future at either position.

So far Rob Refsnyder has shown he can hit, but since spring training, he's regressed in the field to the point where the Yankees obviously don't feel very confident in his ability to become even an adequate fielder. Pirela, who is still recovering from his concussion, suffers from the same profile, but with much less prospect hype attached to him. Even Didi Gregorius has looked disappointing in the early goings of the season. We don't know who the Braves would want in return, and given their rebuild status, it seems unlikely their demands will be reasonable, but it might be worth investigating if it can help the team now and in the future.