Yankees Top Prospect Gleyber Torres Recalled from Triple-A

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured Columnist

This is a 2018 photo of Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees baseball team. This image reflects the New York Yankees active roster as of when this image was taken, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Get ready, New York Yankees fans—the Gleyber Torres era is finally here.

Jack Curry of the YES Network first reported on Saturday that Torres was on his way to the Bronx. He was officially called up for Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays

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According to MLB.com, the 21-year-old infielder is New York's top prospect and the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball.

Torres was the centerpiece of the return package in the 2016 Aroldis Chapman trade between the Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. Chapman went on to help the Cubs end a 108-year championship drought before returning to the Yankees that offseason. Reliever Adam Warren also went to the Big Apple in the deal.

New York has gotten off to a 10-9 start this season, and while things could be worse, the team already sits seven games back of the archrival Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

Torres was knocking the cover off the ball in Triple-A this season, hitting .370/.415/.543 with one home run, three doubles, one triple and 11 RBI. And with Neil Walker (.183), Brandon Drury (.217) and Tyler Wade (.086) struggling at the plate, it was time to call up the highly touted prospect.

He is a career .285/.362/.420 hitter in five seasons in the minors. Although the right-handed hitter owns a .329 average over four spring training camps, he went just 7-for-32 (.219) this spring.

Torres has spent the vast majority of games playing shortstop, but he also has experience at second and third.

When asked on Saturday if he felt ready for the majors, he kept things vague.

"It's tough to answer that question," Torres said, via Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post. "I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm trying to stay humble. I enjoy every game, every opportunity. Just trying to play my game."

Service time is no longer a concern for the organization, meaning Torres can be called up at any time and not accrue a full season in the majors this year. 

Torres faces high expectations, but with both the National League MVP and the American League MVP runner-up in the lineup, he will not have the pressure to carry a lineup. 


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