After going 1 for 9 in his first two games in Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Gleyber Torres has gone 7 for his last 15 with a triple and now this nice home run.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) April 8, 2018
A beat writer tweeted a conversation regarding Torres that he had with SWB Manager Bobby Mitchell.
I asked RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell today how close he thinks Gleyber Torres is: pic.twitter.com/H7qGuAw2SE
— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) April 10, 2018
Certainly high praise. However, at this time it seems a bit optimistic to think he’ll be able to learn on the fly this early in the season. Currently, Torres is 8 for 24 with a .333 batting average. Half of Torres’ hits came on the strength of a 4 for 5 game against the Syracuse Chiefs in the third game of the season.
If Torres is called up to the Yankees, he will likely replace Tyler Wade at 2nd base. Wade hasn’t made a very strong case for himself at second base so far this season. In 22 at bats, Wade is hitting only .136 with two doubles.
Torres Needs to Do More
It isn’t in the team’s best interest to call up Torres yet, despite all the fans calling for it. More likely, Greg Bird will return in May, meaning Neil Walker will move to second base. Additionally, Torres has yet to draw a walk so far in 24 at bats in SWB. This isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, but it is something that pitchers at the major league level will certainly be better at exploiting.
If the plan is to put Torres at second base, he’s going to need to play more innings there. He’s played only 9 innings at second base in Triple-A this season, and now sits at 49 total innings played at second base above Double-A. The plan now is to have Torres divide his time between second and third base, but so far he’s played more shortstop than the other two positions combined.
Torres, who only turned 21 on December 13, is unquestionably a fast learner. There’s no doubt that he’s going to be an impact player on the Yankees soon and for years to come. However, Torres needs to provide a bigger sample than 8 hits in 24 at bats to force Yankees management to call up their number one prospect.
Knocking on the Door
I would predict that Torres forces his way into the lineup sometime later this summer. If he’s hitting over .300 in June and Tyler Wade hasn’t turned things around, Torres will get his call up. In the meantime, it’s best to let Torres get more reps at second and third base in Triple-A.