Despite the current youth movement by the New York Yankees, the Bronx Bombers enter the month of June sitting in the lead in the American League East.
Many baseball pundits expected the team would decline this season through the incorporation of new young players into their lineup, but that has not been the case, yet.
The Yankees remained focused on the youth movement. They have one of the best farm systems in baseball and want some top prospects to get used to playing in the majors soon.
One top prospect is Gleyber Torres a shortstop, who is reportedly being groomed to replace current third baseman Chase Headley before the end of this season.
If Torres was to be called up to play this season for the Yankees, Headley currently the starter at third, would be given a utility role in the infield, which means he would fill in at first and third, said a source close to the situation.
The Yankees plan, said the source, will be implemented if Torres can become ready to play at major league level sometime during the next couple of months, which the Yankees organization expect will happen.
Headley began the season strong but of late has come crashing down. During May, he hit .165 and his overall batting average is now must .232. Headley has 9 errors at third in his 43 games played there.
Headley has a contract through 2018, though New York showed in 2016 they do not mind sitting down high-priced veterans.
Torres, who is just 20, was acquired from the Cubs in a trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago during last season. He currently is considered baseball’s No. 2 prospect.
He began this season in Double-A where he hit .273 over 32 games, but was promoted to New York’s Triple-A affiliate. In nine games in Triple-A Torres is hitting .207 and admitted to be a bit overwhelmed.
He may be currently struggling but most feel his star status is rock solid and expect home to make the adjustments necessary to return to top form.
If Torres does, then the Yankees might consider him for third base in the big leagues, especially if Headley is not able to turn his season around.
Torres is a natural at shortstop, but he has played six of his past 12 games at third, so New York is clearly giving him needed work at that position.