Yankees: Gleyber Torres inching closer to his big league debut
After failing to make the club out of spring training Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres has gotten off to a great start to his season at Triple-A. As he continues to progress it won’t be long at all before we see him make his big league debut.
Coming into camp many believed that a healthy Torres could be the Yankees starting second basemen on Opening Day if he put up similar numbers to the ones he posted last spring (.448 AVG). However, the combination of a slow start and the signing of Neil Walker pretty much put an end to that.
Besides his poor spring and the Walker signing one of the reasons the Yankees likely demoted Torres was the fact that they could gain another year of control on him if they didn’t call him up to the big leagues before April 18th. Because of service time rules, it made sense to give him more time at Scranton to finish off his development before his inevitable debut.
Now that he’s off to a hot start at AAA, where he’s batting .333 with a 3B, HR, and four RBI, it looks like Torres is knocking on the door for a call-up in the very near future. With the 18th just four days away it wouldn’t be surprising to see him in the Bronx as soon as next week.
After starting third basemen Brandon Drury was placed on the DL with a scary injury involving migraines and blurred vision Torres has been splitting his time at third and second with Scranton. Fellow top prospect Miguel Andujar has stepped in to replace Drury in the lineup but so far he has yet to get it going with the bat. It’s still early to judge Andujar’s play but with no timetable set for Drury’s return, Torres could quickly become an option if he continues to struggle.
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The same can be said at second base where Tyler Wade is batting .150 just like Andujar and is coming off a bout with the flu this past weekend.
Ronald Torreyes has been an adequate replacement but like Wade, the potential long-term upside that they provide in an everyday role fails in comparison to Torres.
While the sample size for Torres’ success at Scranton is only four games, it’s clear that he is hitting his stride after a rough spring. Coming off of Tommy John surgery last June, he hadn’t played in an actual game for close to eight months so it wasn’t a surprise to see him get off to a slow start.
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Now that he’s back into the swing of things we’re beginning to see the real Gleyber Torres and the guy who has a chance to make a serious impact at the big league level. As long as he keeps this up it’s only a matter of time before he finally gets the call and shows why he’s the Yankees next star in the making.