Gleyber David Torres Castro
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.
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.
- 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.