Two New York Yankees prospects (Gleyber Torres and Jorge Mateo) have earned a spot on 2017’s MLB Pipeline top shortstop prospect list.
The 21-year-old Mateo took a step back in 2016 (.254/.306/.379) but still stole 36 bases in 51 attempts. Like Torres, Mateo is seeing some time at second base as New York attempts to flex out its glut at the shortstop position.
Mateo’s toolset features what Pipeline calls “top-of-the-scale speed” and before demonstrating some struggles on and off the field last season, his hitting ability was never questioned.
Torres, on the other hand, has taken the system by storm en route to becoming one of the better prospects the game has to offer.
The 20-year old is coming off an Arizona Fall League performance in which he finished with a .403 batting average en route to becoming the youngest player (at 20-years old) to win a batting title in the AFL. The shortstop also took home the MVP award and although he’ll be starting 2017 in Double-A Trenton, Torres is on a fast track to stardom.
In its newest rankings, Pipeline suggests that Torres packs the “highest offensive ceilings among prospects,” and sees the kid hitting for high average with the potential for 20 home runs.
MLB Pipeline will be revealing its on Top 100 prospects on Saturday, January 28 on MLB.com and MLB Network which will most definitely include Mateo, Torres and many other Yankees’ prospects.