Welcome to week two of Rookies on the Rise! This week I will talk about whether or not Gleyber Torres has what it takes to make it to the Bronx.
The No.2 overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline's Top-100 prospects, is making some noise at Triple-A Scranton.
Gleyber Torres has the potential to be one of those players who come around once a decade. The 20-year-old infielder was acquired by the Yankees last season at the trade deadline for hard throwing Aroldis Chapman thanks to the Cubs being desperate for a closer.
The Yankees put Torres in the Arizona Fall League which he absolutely ripped up. In 18 games, Torres hit .403 with 11 runs batted in, 15 runs scored and an OBP of .513. Torres was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League at the age of 19, the youngest to ever earn that honor.
His success in the AFL along with his success in Spring Training, prompted the Yankees to start him in Double-A with the Trenton Thunder. After 32 games, Torres showed he had conquered that league and was ready for a bigger challenge so the Yankees moved him to Triple-A Scranton where he is right now.
Now, Torres is not tearing the cover of the ball but this would be a move that should happen due to the fact that Chase Headley has cooled off dramatically. Torres had been put on a plan to split time at SS, 2B and 3B but has spent the majority of his time in Triple-A at the hot corner which is interesting.
LF Brett Gardner
C Gary Sanchez
RF Aaron Judge
DH Matt Holliday
2B Starlin Castro
SS Didi Gregorius
CF Aaron Hicks
3B Gleyber Torres
1B Chris Carter
Chase Headley cannot be playing day in and day out anymore when it is almost automatic at the plate. Let Gleyber get his feet wet in the majors while the Yankees are contending and Headley becomes a 3B/1B utility veteran off the bench. It makes more sense for the Yankees to test him out in the majors especially when the position they are having him spend the most time at isn’t producing.
Make this move. If Torres fails to adjust right away he cannot be worse than Headley as of late. Third base coach Joe Espada has said he thinks Torres could handle third base in the majors right now and there is no point in waiting this out any further. There was a report that the Yankees were “grooming” Torres for the big league job and he is ready — give him the call.