Yankees shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres was named the third best prospect in baseball during a Top 100 prospects show on MLB Network Saturday night.
He was one of seven Yankees in the top 100. He was joined by OF prospect Clint Frazier (24), OF Blake Rutherford (37), INF Jorge Matteo (47), RHP James Kaprelian (58) and LHP Justin Sheffield (79).
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the No. 4 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law.
Law wrote that Torres, who the Yankees acquired from the Chicago Cubs in last summer's Aroldis Chapman trade, is "the Yankees' new shortstop of the future, a player with All-Star upside and a very high floor because of his feel for hitting.
"To get this kind of player for two months of a one-inning reliever has to make Yankee fans' hearts sing," Law added.
Offensively, Law describes Torres, who was named Arizona Fall League MVP after hitting .403 with a .513 on-base percentage and .645 slugging percentage in 18 games, as an "advanced hitter ... with a great approach that has him going the other way well with pitches on the outer half, and he makes adjustments from one at-bat to the next like a much older player."
Torres trails only Mets SS Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves SS Dansby Swanson and Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi in Law's rankings. He is more likely to stay at shortstop as opposed to moving to third base, according to Law, given his "70-grade arm and great hands," paired with his lateral range.
Torres, 20, is likely to start 2017 with Double-A Trenton after he had a .270/.354/.421 batting line with 11 home runs, 66 RBIs and 21 stolen bases playing for High-A Tampa and High-A Myrtle Beach last season. In the field, he made 23 errors at shortstop in 114 games.
MLB.com ranked Torres as the No. 1 shortstop prospect, and Baseball Prospectus wrote in November that Torres was the organization's top prospect. Last year, Torres was ranked the No. 28 prospect by MLB.com and No. 41 prospect by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.
Five other Yankees prospects cracked Law's top 100. Law ranked outfielder Blake Rutherford the 22nd best prospect in baseball, outfielder Clint Frazier No. 27, RHP James Kaprielian No. 28, outfielder Aaron Judge No. 44 and LHP Justus Sheffield No. 88. Law ranked the Yankees as the No. 2 farm system in baseball.
Law ranked the Yankees as having the 13th best farm system in baseball last year, ranking Judge the No. 26 prospect, Jorge Mateo No. 55, Gary Sanchez No. 57 and Kaprielian No. 87. Torres was the No. 15 prospect a year ago.
When the Yankees traded for Torres last summer, fans understood that he had a chance to be a star in this game. That said, his performance after the trade and his historic run in the Arizona Fall League absolutely solidified those views and pushed up the timetable.
One of the more telling comments in Law's write up on Torres was that the 20-year-old has a "high floor." That tells me he feels there is little reason to believe that Torres will fail to become an impact player in the big leagues.
The accolades are all well and good, but they also put a massive spotlight on Torres. If Torres can tame Double-A pitching this season and continue to display solid fielding skills -- without succumbing to the pressures of being the organization's top prospect -- then his path to the big leagues could be fulfilled by the end of the 2018 season.