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Recently Yankees GM Brian Cashman was asked when Gleyber Torres will be called up to the big club. Cashman noted that the players currently on the roster have to play better. However, none of that has anything to do with Torres.
For his part, Torres is absolutely scorching the ball in Triple-A. The 21-year-old phenom has hit .372 so far for Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Five of his 16 hits have been for extra bases, and he currently has an OPS of .966.
Learning on the Fly
After making the playoffs last year, the Yankees are back in win-now mode. Torres would already have made the team last season if not for the Tommy John surgery, . The coaches mentioned that Torres needed to get his timing back in Triple-A, but it’s clear he’s already achieved that. Additionally, the team has claimed that he needs reps at second base, but only 1 of his 12 games this season have been at second. Torres played 8 games at third base and 3 at shortstop. Torres’ versatility allows him to come up at any of the three positions, so it’s really a matter of where the team can find a need for him.
Second base is clearly the position where the offense is most stagnant at the moment. Tyler Wade makes Giancarlo Stanton look like the 2017 Giancarlo. In his defense, Wade is still only 23, but there’s no reason he should be contunuing his struggles while playing in New York.
Torres has also only made 1 error in 35 chances between the three infield positions. It seems as though the Yankees are leaning toward having Torres play third base, which means Walker would play second base when Bird returns. Miguel Andújar is also only hitting .225, so that decision would make sense also.
Easier to Hold First Than to Chase It
The most important reason to call up Torres is that the Boston Red Sox have started the season on a huge hot streak. At 16-2, obviously the Red Sox are going to cool off at some point. The Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays are also having strong starts at 13-6 and 12-6 respectively. Either way, it’s getting pretty unconvincing to think that Torres wouldn’t be an upgrade on the infield right now, and it’s foolish to waste his hitting in Triple-A simply because we’re only 17 games into the 2018 season.
Hopefully the upper management see it the same way soon as well.