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Gleyber Torres still ticketed for Double-A Trenton despite strong spring

Gleyber Torres #81 of the New York Yankees

Gleyber Torres #81 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 11, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. Credit: Getty Images / Justin K. Aller

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Yankees’ plan for Gleyber Torres entering spring training was that he would start the season with Double-A Trenton.

General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that plan has not changed, even as the 20-year-old continues tearing up the Grapefruit League, most recently in Tuesday’s 10-6 loss to the Rays when he went 2-for-3, including his second homer, with three RBIs.

“Nope,” Cashman said by phone after the game, asked if the organization’s thoughts have changed in light of Torres’ performance.

Spectacular results aside, it makes sense. Torres, one of the top prospects in the sport, has not yet played above High-A (he finished the season in Tampa after the Yankees acquired him in the Aroldis Chapman deal). As good as he’s been — and he has been good, slashing .455/.458/1.000 in 13 games — it’s still just 13 spring games. Additionally, Torres, a shortstop, is still learning a new position to provide organizational flexibility, something the Yankees are doing with many of their young players. He started at second and made an error.

Gary Sanchez, who hit his fourth homer of the spring and is slashing .345/.367/.828 in 10 games, has taken notice.

“To be his first spring training, I would say it’s been great,” Sanchez said. “There have been a lot of expectations for him and he’s been able to show his skills. I think he’s a five-tool player, a complete player, with a lot of talent. He’s been impressive.”

It’s a word that’s gotten quite a workout regarding Torres so far. “He looks really good, he’s impressive, he continues to fortify his stock, which is extremely high,” Cashman said. “Just keep playing and having fun and the rest will take care of itself.”

Bird not letting up

Greg Bird, who missed all of last season recovering from shoulder surgery, went 2-for-3, including a triple, and has a .429/.500/1.000 slash line in 12 games. He and Sanchez, expected to hit back-to-back in the order, are a combined 22-for-57 (.385) with seven homers and 15 RBIs.

Ellsbury steady

Jacoby Ellsbury, mostly a disappointment three seasons into his seven-year, $153-million contract, has quietly had a good spring. Ellsbury, who did not make the trip, has a .348/.423/.522 slash line with three stolen bases in nine games.

“I like where he’s at,” Joe Girardi said.


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