This week in Yankees news: Gleyber Torres has arrived. The centerpiece of the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman temporarily to the Cubs, Torres is already making his impact felt in the Yankees lineup. After being sent down to Triple-A to start the 2018 season, Torres hit .347 in 14 games. The lukewarm play of Tyler Wade made the Yankees decision to call up Torres an easy one. Although the ball club can’t admit it, we all know Torres was held back to give the Yankees an extra arbitration year.
Major Upgrade Over Wade
In 13 games this season, Wade never seemed to figure things out. He posted a -0.5 FanGraphs WAR before the Yankees realized that Wade needs to get some seasoning in the minors. By contrast, Torres has already generated 0.3 WAR in only 11 games. So far there hasn’t been any learning curve for Torres between Triple-A and the major leagues. It doesn’t mean that he won’t experience any hiccups along the way, but it’s still positive. Here’s Torres getting his first major league hit.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 24, 2018
Another Great Cashman Move
It’s hard not to laugh when the Twittersphere starts calling for Brian Cashman’s job every time the Yankees lose two games in a row. Two years ago, Cashman sent flamethrower Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for a package that included Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren, and Rashad Crawford. Warren has earned a spot in a Yankee bullpen that comes into 2018 ranked number one in the league. McKinney was an early call up after injuries, and now Torres is already looking like the second baseman of the Yankees future. A pretty incredible haul for a player the Yankees would re-sign a few months later.
Somewhere Between Altuve and Cano
Based on what I’ve seen so far from Torres, I see a player who would hit 20-25 home runs, and hover somewhere around 180-200+ hits a season. He has a strong arm, and has shown good range so far. Here’s Torres taking a hit away from Alex Bregman.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 3, 2018
Torres is already looking really comfortable at the plate. He has hits in 8 of his 11 games so far, including four multi-hit games. At this point, I think the Yankees are hoping that Tyler Wade can perform decently enough in Triple-A so they can move him at the trade deadline. There’s no real need for both, and Torres looks like he’s here to say.