By Adam Westendorf
Today marks the day teams can call up their top prospects, and not have their arbitration clocks start. Meaning they gain an extra year of team control before they can hit free agency. Now the question, is it time for the Yankees to call up their top prospect Gleyber Torres?
Torres was invited to spring training to compete for a starting role at second base. The question around him was would he be ready to make the big league club after missing half of last season because of having Tommy John surgery on his non throwing arm. Torres struggled in spring and was sent to Triple A to work off the rust, and boy has he done that. Torres in 11 games this year has compiled a slash line of .366/.386/.537.
With the arbitration deadline day approaching Yankees manager Aaron Boone was asked about Torres and if he would be called up this week. His answer to that question was “I’d say anything’s possible. We have had conversations about that kind of thing. Possible? Yes. Likely? Not necessarily.” So now the question is what are the Yankees waiting on?
I’ve already said Torres is blazing hot right now to start the year. So what is holding him back? The only thing that you can point to that is keeping him in the minors is his low walk rate of 4.5%, but does that really matter if you are hitting .366?
Torres fills a void. Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar are both struggling at the plate (Andujar looks to be picking it up as of late). No one knows when Brandon Drury will be back. Neil Walker is going to have to play first base while Tyler Austin is suspended. Do you hold back a potential 21 year old superstar because of the hot hitting Ronald Torreyes? No. Torreyes is perfect in the role he is in now and should not be considered a starter. The time for Gleyber Torres is now.
The Yankees have done this with their top prospect in years past. Keep them in the minors to hide them and protect them. They need to break the mold and call up Gleyber Torres and let him be the every day second basemen. He makes the lineup one spot deeper for opposing pitchers to worry about. New York be on the look out for #GleyberGood very very soon because he is coming, it’s not a matter of if, it’s when.