Yankees Top Prospect Tearing Up Arizona Fall League

For the New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres a prospect at shortstop, acquired in the July 25 trade, which sent closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago, was the centerpiece of the trade.

While the eyes of the baseball world are glued to the 2016 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, Torres is making his presence felt in the Arizona Fall League.

During the just concluded regular season at High-A level, Torres batted .270. He has good speed and can power the ball into the gaps.

The prospect is just 19 and put up solid numbers for the season despite being much younger than his teammates around him.

Following the end of the season, the Yankees sent Torres to the AFL, and he continues to thrive while playing against some of the best talent anywhere in the minor leagues.

Torres in fact was named on Tuesday as the AFL Player of the Week, with Josh Staumont a right-hander with the Kansas City Royals.

During just his second week of play in the AFL, Torres had three walks, a double, homer and a pair of stolen bases while batting .667.

Overall, Torres is batting .391 in the AFL, with 2 home runs in just seven games with the Scottsdale Scorpions. He has also had more base on balls than strikeouts.

As for the former organization that Torres played for, the Chicago Cubs, who signed him in Venezuela, they are more than happy to have a superb closer in Chapman in their bid to win the current World Series.

However, Joe Maddon the Cubs manager recognizes that trading away Torres meant losing a very talented player with huge potential.

On Monday, Maddon said that Torres was a good player and that one day he will be very good at the top level in the Majors.

He concluded by saying you have to give something up to gain something. However, he said, the organization felt getting Chapman this year would give them an opportunity to be right where they are today and they were correct in that thinking.

Based upon his regular season age-adjusted performance, Torres was in line already to be a top 10 prospect overall heading into next year.

His play in the ongoing AFL will only help to cement his status as a top prospect and Yankees players, coaches and fans should all be excited about that.

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