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A Look at the Future: Gleyber Torres

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Gleyber Torres is the Yankees top prospect, and according to MLB.com he is the #2 prospect in all of baseball. Torres just recently turned 21, and will more than likely be seen in the Yankee infield starting early in the 2018 season. According to recent comments by Cashman, Torres could have possibly been at 3rd last year if he wasn’t hurt, which means the Yankees might have never even brought Todd Frazier in. This was Cashmans actual comment:

Trenton, he conquered the Eastern League for the period of time he was there and then he was starting to conquer the International League and then he got hurt,’’ Cashman said. “The way his trajectory was going I think you would have seen him in the big leagues last year and it may have prevented us from trading for Todd Frazier.’’

Gleyber was the Cubs #1 prospect until the trade deadline in 2016, but the Cubs needed pieces for their 2016 World Series run. So in order to get what they needed they made a deal with the Yankees which sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago (as a rental) and Torres came to the Yankees. This move helped the Cubs win their first World Series in 107 years, but will benefit the Yankees for years.

Torres missed a little over half of last season and had Tommy John surgery on his non throwing arm, but before the injury his raw talent was apparent. Like many of the Yankees infield prospects, Torres can play multiple positions, which are 2nd, SS, and 3rd. As of now the Yankees don’t have a set 2nd or 3rd basemen, so one of them spots will be where he ends up. There is a good shot that we will see him at 2nd in 2018, with another prospect, Miguel Andujar at 3rd (at some point). However, this could change if the Yankees were to sign a 3rd basemen for 1 or 2 years to give Andujar more time to develop. This is all strictly based on what they have now, so other options for the infield include Torreyes and Wade.

You can Expect to see Torres somewhere in that Yankee infield in 2018, and most likely it will be in May. He will probably win the position in spring training, but if the Yankees wait 3 weeks into the season and bring him up in May they get a whole extra year of control before he can become a free agent.

These are Torres 2017 stats in 55 games in the minors:

  • 235 Plate appearances
  • 202 at bats
  • 58 hits (14 doubles, 2 triples, 7 homeruns)
  • 31 runs
  • 34 RBIs
  • 7 stolen bases
  • 30 walks
  • Batting Avg .287
  • OBP .383
  • Slg .480
  • OPS .863

Here is a look at all 4 years at all levels, from age 17 to 20:

  • 374 games
  • 1611 Plate appearances
  • 1411 at bats
  • 406 hits (70 doubles, 19 triples, 26 homeruns)
  • 218 runs
  • 208 RBIs
  • 64 stolen bases
  • 175 walks
  • Batting Avg .288
  • OBP .368
  • Slg .426
  • OPS .794

Here are some highlights of Torres from 2016:

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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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Jake Odorizzi

The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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Jon Daniels

The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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