The No. 5 prospect Gleyber Torres will have to make his to wait to make his MLB debut with the New York Yankees. The 21-year-old was optioned to play in Triple-A Scranton on Tuesday afternoon its 2-2 tie against the Tigers in spring training.
The futures for Torres was pretty clear after the Yankees signed veteran Neil Walker to a one-year deal. Also, the emergence of Tyler Wade showed that he can play in the big leagues. However, before Walker was acquired, Torres was the top contender to claim to starting spot at second base when Starlin Castro was traded to Miami.
In 11 spring training games, Torres went 4-25 batting .160 and had no runs batted in. Torres missed last season coming off Tommy John surgery on his left elbow (non-throwing). He wanted to play with the Yankees in the Arizona Fall league but they declined his request.
Aaron Boone told reporters that Torres has the talent but he just needs more reps and more time.
“For me, it’s Gleyber just playing and getting the reps and he’ll be fine,” Boone said. “I thought his at-bats were a little bit better today. … All spring he’s hit some balls that he hasn’t gotten any love for, but he just needs now to continue to play and get the reps and it won’t be too long when it clicks.”
Torres was a natural shortstop who was acquired by the Chicago Cubs as the centerpiece to the Aroldis Chapman trade. Also, Torres is adjusting to the new position.
Torres started off playing in Trenton and played 32 games where he had five home runs, 18 runs batted in, 21 strikeouts and batted .273. Then, he was called up to Triple-A Scranton where he had two homers, 16 runs batted in, 26 strikeouts and batted .309 in 23 games before getting injured.