Yankees top infield prospect Gleyber Torres said he is looking forward to competing for a spot on New York's Opening Day roster out of spring training after a season cut short due to Tommy John surgery.
Torres, who has been ranked among the top 10 prospects in baseball my multiple organizations, has spent a majority of his minor league career as a shortstop, however saw some time at third base and second base last season.
"I feel pretty good in all positions," Torres said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I just play hard and help my team, everything the team needs that I can do. ... I don't know what will happen right now. Spring is coming and I'll make sure to play pretty good in the spring. We'll see what happens."
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said earlier in the offseason the team was intending on having Torres and Miguel Andujar both start in the infield this season after New York traded second baseman Starlin Castro to the Marlins and third baseman Chase Headley to the Padres.
Torres only played in 55 games with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year after suffering a season-ending injury to his non-throwing elbow while sliding on the basepath. He recorded a .287/.383/.480 batting line across both levels and said he feels 100 percent healthy.
"Last year I missed a lot of months, I lost almost my season," Torres said. "Now it's time to work and make sure my arm and everything feel right."
Cashman admitted the 21-year-old Torres may need to spend more time in the minors since he hasn't played in a game since last June, but wouldn't rule out the possibility of him starting the season in the majors.
"It's easier to kind of expect that he'll need more time because he didn't have a full season in Triple-A and he hasn't played since June 17," Cashman said. "But I think when you have a lot of ability, you have a chance to change that storyline rather quickly. But he hasn't played in a while, so it wouldn't be surprising if there's some rust that needs to be knocked off. Still, he's talented, so we'll see."
Cashman said the Yankees have several other players competing for spots in the infield, including Tyler Wade, Ronald Torreyes and Thairo Estrada, but Torres is optimistic he'll make the most of spring training.
"There's a lot of questions and everything," Torres said. "I don't put my mentality in that. ... I want to work hard and enjoy every opportunity. I'll play hard and we'll see what happens in the future."