Yankees INF Gleyber Torres has been promoted to the major leagues and will join the team on Sunday, reports Jack Curry of YES Network.
Torres was removed during the seventh inning of Saturday's game ahead of his trip to New York. He hit .370 with 17 hits and 11 RBIs in 13 games this season with Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
"I'm feeling pretty good right now," he said prior to Saturday's game, per the New York Post. "I'm trying to stay humble. I enjoy every game, every opportunity. Just trying to play my game."
The 21-year-old Torres was ranked as the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com following the 2017 season. He was acquired in the Aroldis Chapman trade in July of 2016 when the Cubs shipped Adam Warren, Billy McKinney, and Rashad Crawford to New York in exchange for the closer.
During spring training with the Yankees, Torres hit .219 in 13 games. He fared much better in spring training last season when he hit .448 in 19 games.
The time is finally now for Gleyber Torres.
The Yankees were ready to pull the trigger on Torres' call-up last summer, but he got injured, stalling the club's top prospect's ascent to the big leagues. It seemed the Yanks were ready again in February, claiming to be just fine having two rookies (Torres and Miguel Andujar) lay claim to starting roles at second and third base, respectively.
However, neither broke camp with the club. In Torres' case, it was because he looked exceptionally rusty after missing a majority of the 2017 season. Andujar got a break when Brandon Drury went down with an injury. Meanwhile, Torres pushed his way to the big leagues with a hot start at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, coupled with scuttling performances from Tyler Wade and Neil Walker (it would seem Wade will be the odd man out).
Torres owns a lifetime .285/.362/.420 slash line in the minors and has long been considered among the best prospects in the game let alone the best in the Yankees' system (MLB Pipeline ranked Torres No. 1 for a short period of time last season and is currently No. 5 overall on their list). Torres, who came through the minors playing mostly at shortstop, has seen his fair share of time at third and second base since last season. With Andujar raking in recent days while manning the hot corner, it would seem clear that Torres be at the keystone for his MLB debut.
Torres joins a team brimming with young offensive stars and at 21 years old, he could be the icing on the cake for the Yankees.
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The promotion of Torres is exciting for Yankees fans, but it is also a reminder of how quickly the team has become desperate.
Successful ballclubs do not need to summon their top prospect in April, and the Yanks were supposed to have an infield deep enough to keep Torres on the farm for much longer.
If the season were going the way the Yanks wanted, there would be no room for Torres. Greg Bird would be at first base, Neil Walker and Tyler Wade would be fighting for playing time at second, and Brandon Drury and perhaps Miguel Andujar would provide the production at third (to be fair, Andujar is 9 for his last 20, but there wasn't supposed to be room for him, either, after the acquisitions of Walker and Drury).
Obviously, none of this has happened. So the Yanks now turn to Torres to change the conversation. It's hardly where they expected to be, less than a month into a season that began with championship expectations. Perhaps Torres will help to spark a revival, but he wasn't supposed to be necessary.