Gleyber Torres highlighted the three Yankees who made Jim Bowden's Top 50 Prospects list as the No. 8 prospect this season.
Torres injured his non-throwing elbow last season, and it required Tommy John surgery to repair. But that didn't hinder Bowden's analysis that see the infielder being an important part of the Yankees' long-term plan.
"Torres was the headliner in the Aroldis Chapman trade with the Cubs in July 2016," Bowden wrote. "He's capable of playing second, short or third but most likely profiles to the Yankees long-term solution at second base. He had Tommy John surgery to his non-throwing elbow and the Yankees are hopeful he'll be healthy enough to make their team out of spring training. He is a plus defender with soft hands and an accurate arm. He only an average runner, but all of his other tools are above average. he has really quick hands and wrists at the palte and his power should come as he matures."
Also on Bowden's list is OF Esteven Florial and LHP Justus Sheffield. The 20-year-old Florial comes in at No. 26 on Bowden's list as he rose high in the Yankees' organization over the past year or so, and many believe he is the pinstripes' future centerfielder.
"The Yankees are high on Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier as their next center fielders, but I believe that Estevan Florial will go right by both of them in time and become their long-term solution in center field," Bowden said. "His left-handed swing with a slight uppercut profiles great for the confines of right field at Yankee Stadium, and he should end up with the power to hit 25 home runs. He also has the raw speed to steal between 25 to 30 bases. He has great range in center field and an arm match. He's an exciting, underrated prospect."
Florial still has room to grow, but he only made it to High-A ball last season. It will be interesting to see how he does in the higher levels of the Yankees' system this season.
Sheffield, on the other hand, is a prospect on the verge of making his Yankees' debut in 2018. Coming in at No. 35, Sheffield's repertoire on the mound is crafty and powerful, and it could be showcased against major league hitters if he posts numbers like he did last season.
"Sheffield was acquired along with Clint Frazier in the Andrew Miller trade in 2016," Bowden wrote. "Although Frazier eas considered the headliner at the time, most scouts think Sheffield will end up being the best player the Yankees got in that deal. Sheffield is already the Yankees top starting pitching prospect and could be ready for the big leagues this summer. He has a frame similar to fomer major leaguer Mike Hampton and, like Hampton, gets good downward plan despite it. He has a mid-90s fastball with a late-breaking slider that flashes above average. His changeup is a solid offering but he needs to be more consistent with it. He profiles to be a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher."
Sheffield will likely start the year in Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barres, but expect to hear his name called up at some point this season.