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Gleyber Torres was once a prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system until 2016 when he was dealt to the New York Yankees as a part of the Aroldis Chapman trade. Torres missed most of the 2017 season in the minors because he had Tommy John Surgery on his non-throwing elbow. The exact injury was a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
I thought Gleyber Torres was going to need half or most of the 2018 season to develop his game with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A). However, his stint in the minors in 2018 was short lived and Torres made his MLB Debut on April 22, 2018.
His batting average so far this season is .296 with 12 homeruns and 30 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .353. Torres is the spark plug for the Yankees. He provides energy to the clubhouse.
There is a different feel to the team when he is in the lineup compared to when he’s not. Torres is making a serious case to be in the All-Star Game in Washington D.C. at Nationals Park come July 17 as a rookie. It wouldn’t be surprising if Torres was named rookie of the year in the American League.
Gleyber Torres is currently playing at second base, but he can also play shortstop and third base. He is going to be a star in this league for a very long time.