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Gleyber Torres

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Gleyber David Torres Castro

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Shortstop Gleyber Torres was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent before the 2014 season. The scouts were Hector Ortega and Julio Figueroa. He debuted straight in the United States at the age of 17 that year, first with the AZL Cubs and then with the Boise Hawks. Between the two clubs, he hit .297/.386/.440 in 50 games, scoring 37 runs and driving in 33. In 2015, he followed that strong debut by splitting the year between the South Bend Cubs and Myrtle Beach Pelicans. As one of the youngest players in the Midwest League, he hit .293/.353/.386 in 119 games, then finished the season with 7 games at Myrtle Beach. he hit 24 doubles, scored 54 runs and drove in 64 while stealing 22 bases between the two teams. In an organization loaded with prospects, Torres was voted #1 in the Cubs system by Baseball America.

Gleyber was back at Myrtle Beach to start the 2016 season and he continued to impress. He hit .275 in 94 games, with 23 doubles and 9 homers. On July 25th, he was the key player acquired by the New York Yankees in return for RP Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees also brought in two outfielders, Rashad Crawford and Billy McKinney, both solid prospects in their own right, and P Adam Warren in the deal. He was assigned to the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League, where he hit .254 in 31 games. That gave him a slash line of .270/.354/.421 in 125 games, with 81 runs, 11 homers and 66 RBIs. He then tore up the Arizona Fall League with a batting average of .403 in 18 games. Torres began the 2017 season in AA with the Trenton Thunder. After hitting .273 in 32 games, he was promoted to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he hit .309 in his first 23 games. There was talk that he could soon get the call to New York, with 3B Chase Headley struggling at the major league level, but on June 17th, he hyper-extended his elbow sliding head-first into home plate and had to undergo Tommy John surgery to fix the damage. That put him out of action for the remainder of the season. In 55 games between the two levels, his line was .287/.383/.480 with 31 runs, 7 homers and 34 RBIs.

Torres went to spring training in 2018 with a real shot at snagging a starting position in the infield, as the Yankees had huge openings at second and third base, and Gleyber and fellow rookie Miguel Andujar were the leading candidates for the two jobs. However, the Yankees made a couple of belated moves, acquiring veterans Brandon Drury and Neil Walker after the start of camp, and that resulted in Torres returning to the minors for the time being. But an early-season injury to Drury, and the failure of his replacements, Tyler Wade and Andujar, to provide much production, re-ignited speculation that Torres could soon get a chance to prove his mettle in pinstripes, especially after he had spent the mandatory 20 days in the minors that pushed back his qualifying for salary arbitration by a year. On April 21st, the Yankees announced that he would be called up the next day. He was hitting .370 in 13 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In his debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 22nd, he played second base and went 0-for-4 in a 5-1 win. In a remarkable footnote to that game, his presence in the line-up contributed to the Yankees having a starting line-up composed entirely of players younger than 30 for the first time since the waning days of September, 1989. He collected his first base hit the next day. He hit his first career homer on May 4th, against Josh Tomlin of the Cleveland Indians. On May 6th, his second career homer was of the walk-off variety, as he hit a three-run shot off Dan Otero of the Indians to give New York a 7-4 win, their 15th in their last 16 games. On May 21st, he had the first two-homer game of career, connecting twice off ageless Bartolo Colon of the Texas Rangers in a 10-5 win; Torres was only three months old when Colon had made his major league debut back in April of 1997. He homered in his next two games as well, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to homer in three straight games. He made it four straight games with a homer on May 25th when he connected off Jim Johnson of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim which provided the winning margin in a 2-1 victory. He was the 4th youngest player in history to homer in four straight games. It came as no surprise that hew as named the American League Rookie of the Month for May; he hit .317 with 9 homers and 24 RBIs in 24 games during the month.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bryan Hoch: "Yanks lose No. 2 MLB prospect Torres for year: Promising infielder to have Tommy John surgery on non-throwing elbow", mlb.com, June 19, 2017. [1]
  • Bryan Hoch: "Gleyber has good shot at Opening Day roster: Yankees being patient with top prospect over offseason following Tommy John surgery", mlb.com, January 4, 2018. [2]

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