Pereira signed for $1.5 million in the summer of 2017, and the Yankees thought enough of his polish to send him straight to the Appy League as a 17-year-old last season. The Venezuelan outfielder held his own, a testament to the polish and game skills that enticed international scouts.
He could finish with above-average raw power on top of impressive bat-to-ball ability, a good mix of present physicality and bat speed paired with significant remaining projection. There’s still work to do offensively, as Pereira’s swing gets long and causes him to be late against velocity. Like many young hitters, he’s learning to adjust to pro-level breaking stuff and how to control the zone with two strikes. Pereira shines most on defense, where the plus athlete plays a quality CF already and projects to be an above-average defender there. Considering his offensive potential at a premium position, the ceiling is quite high.