DETROIT — Manager Aaron Boone gave an answer that surely will frustrate and tantalize Yankees fans regarding the possibility that top prospect Gleyber Torres will be called up this week.
“I’d say anything’s possible,” Boone said after Sunday’s doubleheader against the Tigers was postponed. “We have had conversations about that kind of thing. Possible? Yes. Likely? Not necessarily.”
The righthanded-hitting Torres, 21, is off to a scorching start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He doubled twice and drove in three runs in Scranton’s 10-5 victory over Charlotte on Saturday, and after going 1-for-3 on Sunday, he had a .385/.405/.564 slash line with 10 RBIs in 10 games.
Yankees vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring, one of general manager Brian Cashman’s top advisers, is currently watching the Scranton team.
“I think he’s playing well,” Boone said. “I’ve been watching his at-bats the last couple days, they’ve been getting better. It’s something we watch closely. But to see him playing well, healthy and off to a good start is certainly something we’re taking notice of.”
Boone said “a lot” goes into what will determine when Torres, who has been playing second, third and shortstop, gets the call.
“Is he where we think we want him to be physically? Is he having the at-bats we want him to have to where he’s ready to come up and impact us?” Boone said. “And with a guy that we think is going to be such an important part of our organization for a long time, we want to feel really good that he’s in a really good place when we do bring him here. Because he’s not a guy that we want to just pull up to plug a hole for a second and [go] back and forth [from the minors to the majors]. We want him to be in a good place so when he comes up here, he’s ready to impact our club for the long haul.”