The Yankees, especially infield coach Joe Espada, have been impressed with the work and makeup of infield prospect Gleyber Torres, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.
Torres, acquired by the Yankees last July when they traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, won the Arizona Fall League's MVP in 2016, the youngest player to ever win that award. Espada says, for a 20-year-old, Torres has plenty of poise.
"He's very mature," Espada told the Post. "In Arizona, he was playing with older guys and fit in and actually played better than he did with us [in Single-A]. His inner clock is advanced. He already knows how to play the game at a high level."
While Torres has played shortstop and would like to continue playing the position, Espada says he could see Torres moving elsewhere at some point in his career.
"If he grows into his body, he could be moved," Espada said. "I could see him filling out where it makes more sense to get him off short."
Torres' on-the-field tools have been lauded by every prospect medium, so when a coach adds that he has the mental aptitude of a mature player, it intensifies the chances he'll prosper.
All the talent in the world is oftentimes not enough for a baseball player to thrive. Plenty of players have failed to take their talent and mesh it with the necessary mindset to succeed. Further, it's when the player has the drive to continuously improve that he is able to elevate his game. Torres' comments point to such a player.
By many accounts, Torres will get to the big leagues and become an impact player. If his skills continue to shine combined with his poise, ambition to improve and the willingness to be versatile, Torres might make it to New York sooner than later.