On Sunday, in an Earth Day matinee match-up with the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees will debut their top overall 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
Torres, you may remember, was the centerpiece of the trade which brought flamethrowing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, as the Cubs parted with Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren, and Rashad Crawford in the process. Chapman was a significant piece to the Cubs 2016 World Series Championship.
As for Torres, he is currently ranked No.5 overall in the Major League Baseball Prospect Pipeline. Torres has had an illustrious minor league career to this point. At just 21 years old, he has found great success on his path to the show. As a 17-year-old in his first professional season, at Rookie ball, Torres slashed .279/.372/.377 with 1 HR and 29 RBI. He posted a .359 wOBA and 119 wRC+ that season.
Following the trade, Torres continued to tear up the minor leagues, where last year for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre he slashed .309/.406/.457 with 2 HR and 16 RBI in 23 games.
Thus far in 2018, Gleyber Torres is tearing the ball off the cover. He is slashing .370/.415/.543 with 1 HR and 11 RBI in his first 13 games. Expect some fireworks when he makes his major league debut tomorrow.
The question that remains is how the New York Yankees will slot him into the lineup. Torres is a shortstop. However, the Yankees have a pretty solid shortstop currently in Didi Gregorius.
Realistically, it should be second base. The Yankees have got zero production out of Neil Walker thus far this season, as he is batting just .179 with a .036 ISO and 25 wRC+. It couldn’t get any worse for Walker, or the Yankees for that matter, which makes it an easy decision to have the middle chalk full of the combo of Gregorius and Torres.
The Yankees ideal infield this season could now potentially be:
1B: Greg Bird (25)
2B: Gleyber Torres (21)
SS: Didi Gregorius (28)
3B: Miguel Andújar (23)
The "oldest" player is Didi and he's only 28. Very exciting time for Yanks fans.
— Jake Asman (@JakeAsman) April 21, 2018
As the Gleybar Torres era does get set to begin in New York, it will be fun for baseball fans, and Yankee fans specifically, to watch him in his major league debut.