Yankees News: Luis Torrens Out For The Season


Last season, one of the prospects that rose up the New York Yankees farm system was catcher Luis Torrens. The 18-year old hit .270 with two home runs. 18 RBI’s and had 13 doubles in 48 games with the short-season Staten Island Yankees. During that season, Torrens had a 20+ game hitting streak, which caught a lot of the fans attention.

Unfortunately, fans of the Yankees farm system will not be able to see Torrens play in minor league ball this season. The team announced that Torrens will undergo surgery for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder tomorrow, which will end his 2015 season:

  This isn’t the first shoulder problem in Torrens’ young career. In his post about the injury on Monday, Robert Pimpsner, the founder of Pinstriped Prospects, talks about how Torrens missed time at low-A Charleston last year because of a shoulder injury. In those nine games for the Riverdogs, he hit .154 with one home run and three RBI’s.

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I had the chance to watch plenty of Torrens games last season when I covered the Staten Island Yankees last season for this site . Some things that stood about to me about the young catcher were that he is a good gap hitter and is very good at throwing out base runners as he threw out 42% of the players who tried to steal on him. One of the best months Torrens had last year was in July. Over the course of 24 games, he hit .351 with one home run and seven runs batted in.

Plus, even at his age, he was a player that seemed to come up big in key situations as the New-York Penn League All-Star hit .260 with 15 RBI’s last season. This was something that manager Mario Garza was impressed about the young player last season:

"“He is one of those guys who loves the big moments.,” replied Garza last August."

It is a real disappointment for the Yankees considering that Torrens is a top ten prospect in the Yankees’ system, according to Baseball America. New York has depth at catcher, but this is a player who has a ton of upside and could continue to rise up those prospect rankings even further, if he stays healthy. It is a blow to the Yankees catching depth, which was seen as one of the strengths of the organization with guys like John Ryan Murphy and Gary Sanchez some of the notable names. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

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