The New York Yankees newest prospect, Gleyber Torres, has topped Jorge Mateo to become the number one prospect in the organization.
In fact, many initial reactions included fans eluding to New York’s top prospect, shortstop Jorge Mateo, to rant on how they don’t need another stud shortstop prospect.
Who knew Torres would dethrone Mateo and become the number one prospect in the New York Yankees organization following MLB.com’s updated prospect ranking. Click here for the list and advance scouting reports.
So, as of right now, it is evident that the Bombers’ farm system has improved given the movement involved during the trade with Chapman.
In addition to a new top prospect, five kids who have the ultimate goal of playing in the Bronx have made the top 100 prospects list, and five young Yankees made the cut.
Torres – who was already mentioned as the newest top prospect – is ranked 26 with Mateo coming in at 27.
The duo is close to one another but Torres barely bests him since he is younger and scouts rave about how he is more well-rounded as a ballplayer.
Despite Torres being ranked higher, however, these two have the chance of being the most exciting double play combination across the minor leagues.
For the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday night, Torres was at shortstop while Mateo was at second, which happens to be a place he’s been mastering this season and one in which he’ll likely receive more time at.
Perhaps, one day, this combination could become the future’s version of Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano but for now, they’ll take it day-by-day in an attempt to grasp life as a New York Yankee and work their way to the top.
In my opinion, the exact number of where the prospects rank doesn’t necessarily matter. Realistically, the Yankees have five of the best prospects in baseball.
No, they don’t have any of them ranking inside the top-10 but they have talented up-and-comers who could be the cornerstone of the next Yankees’ dynasty. And we didn’t even mention Luis Severino and Greg Bird, who are still under 24-years of age but have seen their prospect status expire.
If this isn’t evidence that the future is great hands, I’m not sure what is. One day you’ll watch what the very best prospects this game has to offer on the big stage supplemented with the best free agents this game as to offer as well.
Sure, the Yankees are 6.5 games back in the division now and may sell off their assets but take the time to appreciate just how bright the future of the organization is. It may take some time, but damn will it be worth it.