With the New York Yankees desperate for a spark plug, they have reportedly called up top-prospect Gleyber Torres.
Source: Gleyber Torres will be promoted and will join the Yankees on Sunday. So the Gleyber Era will begin.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) April 21, 2018
The Yankees acquired Torres in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 season. That trade sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs and gave the Yankees a new number one prospect in their farm system.
Torres had a chance to win the starting job at second base this season following the departure of Starlin Castro. However, he had a poor Spring Training where he hit .219 with 10 strikeouts in 36 at-bats.
Coming into the spring, Torres was coming off a season-ending surgery in 2017 after sliding head first into home plate. That played a significant role in his slow start, forcing the Yankees to give the job to Tyler Wade who had a good spring.
In 13 games at Scranton Wiles Barrie, Torres has been on an absolute tear. He’s slashed .370 11 RBI, hit one home run, and three doubles.
Gleyber now 2 for 2 tonight after this line drive to left. pic.twitter.com/p1f4pgeBSa
— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) April 10, 2018
With the hot start of Torres and Wade struggling, the talk was why haven’t the Yankees called up Gleyber? If they called him up earlier, the organization would have lost a year of service time. With Torres being recalled Saturday night, that will no longer be a problem.
The Yankees are hoping that Torres can be a spark plug for a team that has been struggling out of the gate. Between Neil Walker and Wade, the Bombers have not been getting any production at all from the second base position. From what they have given the team, Torres can only be better. Right?
Over the last three seasons, the Yankees have been giving their young players a chance. The emergence of Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have all resulted in team success. This season Miguel Andujar is having an impact on the major league level and the Yankees can only hope Torres can do the same.
Torres has split time between shortstop, second, and third base. With Andujar hitting and playing well, Torres will most likely crack the lineup at second.
Whether or not the number-five prospect in all of baseball is the lineup tomorrow is yet to be seen. But Gleyber mania is officially in the Bronx.