It’s hard to follow the Arizona Fall League and not take notice of New York Yankee shortstop Gleyber Torres.
On Tuesday, Torres was named AFL Player of the Week after a 9-for-15 run which included a double, triple, and three RBIs.
However, this is not the first time the 19-year-old infielder has been given this honor. Torres has won the award two times over a four week span, and has proved to be one of the hottest hitters in the league.
The shortstop is currently tied for the league lead in batting average at .379, and also leads the league in OBP (.500), and ranks second in both SLG (.621) and OPS (1.121).
Getting A Closer Look
While some players are sent to the AFL to get extra seasoning or to make up for time lost due to injuries, Torres’ place in the AFL was in part to give the Yankees a closer look at the prized prospect they acquired on July 25.
The Venezuelan infielder is currently ranked the 17th-best prospect in baseball overall, and sixth among shortstops, according to MLB.com.
Chapman may have paid immediate dividends for the World Series champion Cubs, but the Yankees foresee Torres as a future star who will lead the club to many championships.
Age is Just A Number
At 19 years of age, Torres is still very young, but he’s more advanced than your prototypical teenage prospect. The shortstop played at the High-A level for both the Cubs and Yankees despite being roughly three years younger than the league average. In 125 games, Torres played like a seasoned prospect, hitting 11 home runs, driving in 66 runs, and posting a solid .775 OPS.
Torres has continued his success this fall with the Scottsdale Scorpions by adding three home runs, 13 runs scored, and four stolen bases in 17 games played.
That performance earned Torres a spot in the AFL Rising Stars game, but it should also earn the shortstop significant consideration for AFL MVP, an award Yankee first baseman Greg Bird was honored with in 2014.
It’s a little too early to envision Torres in pinstripes for 2017, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has confirmed that the infielder will begin the season with Double-A Trenton Thunder.
If Torres can continue his dominance at that level, it won’t be long before his impact is felt in the Bronx.