The New York Yankees announced on June 19th that top prospect, Gleyber Torres, 20, is set to miss the rest of the 2017 season due to injury. Torres spent time at both AA Trenton Thunder and AAA Wilkes-Barre/Scranton RailRiders this season.
Torres, a shortstop, had been called up to AAA this season and was finally one step away from being in the Show when he tore his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) in his elbow while sliding into home plate.
Torres’ season has now come to a stop as he has to have Tommy John Surgery, but the Yankees expect him to be ready to return by Spring Training in 2018.
Torres was having a solid season where he had been hitting .309/.406/.457 with two home runs in 23 games for AAA Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Before that he had played 32 games for Trenton in AA, where he’d hit .273/.367/.496 with five home runs before getting the call that he’d be playing in AAA on May 22nd.
With quick hands that help him both at the plate and on the field, Torres is one of the premier shortstops who could even hit 20-plus home runs per season in the Majors. Torres also has a good eye at the plate and displays a patience that is advanced for his age.
Torres is Major League Baseballs No. 2 prospect, and considered a mainstay in the Yankees future infield.