New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres (81) celebrates with Chase Headley (12) as he crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
by Brendan Kuty
Cashman said he wants the 20-year-old shortstop to “take the next step” at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where the Yankees promoted him from Double-A Trenton on Sunday.
Cashman didn’t rule out moving Torres to the majors this year. According to the report, the GM talked about whether the team could move him up sooner than expected in case they need him due to poor performance or an injury.
“That’s possible,” Cashman said, according to the report. “That happens all the time where, ‘Hey, we’d rather him stay down, but the need is there and he’s the best alternative.’ A lot of times guys get brought in here even when they haven’t finished all aspects off. You saw Didi playing here when he came over from Arizona and he wasn’t a finished product, he couldn’t hit lefties. So guys continue to finish their development up at the big-league level. And Aaron Hicks is doing what he’s doing this year and he’s been finishing off his development the last few years with Minnesota and us.”
Torres hit .273 with five homers and 18 RBI and a .863 OPS at Double-A. In its early-season top 100 prospects update, Baseball America ranked Torres No. 2 in the game. Torres has been learning second base and third base, too.
The Yankees acquired him amid last year’s trade deadline sell off. Torres was the jewel of a package they got in exchange for closerAroldis Chapman, whom they re-signed to a five-year, $86-million deal in the offseason. In addition to Torres, the Yankees got 2013 first-round pick outfielder Billy McKinney, outfielder Rashad Crawford and swingman Adam Warren.