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Gleyber Torres off to hot start in Triple-A

The Yankees' Gleyber Torres works out during spring

The Yankees' Gleyber Torres works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 20 in Tampa, Fla. Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

DETROIT — Gleyber Torres has gotten off to a hot start in the minors. The Yankees, not surprisingly, have taken notice.

Torres — the organization’s top position prospect — went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday night, giving him a .387/.412/.548 slash line and seven RBIs in eight games.

“He’s getting a lot of hits,” Aaron Boone said. “I don’t think swinging great yet necessarily, but he’s been productive.”

General manager Brian Cashman’s top lieutenant, vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring, is watching the Scranton club.

What factors would come into play in the decision to promote Torres? “I think just getting him feeling like he’s the player we all believe he is,” Boone said. “It’s just getting him into the flow of the season and then at that point we’ll probably have a decision we’ll have to make.”

Before spring training, there was speculation that the Yankees would start Torres in the minors for the first 20 days of the regular season to manipulate his service time and preserve an extra year of control, although Cashman consistently said that would not factor into the decision. Torres, who has played second, third and shortstop for Scranton, put an end to that discussion by performing poorly during spring training.

Tyler Wade, a standout throughout spring training, has not been good at the plate two weeks in, entering Friday at 3-for-31 (.097).

“This is the big leagues. There’s urgency,” Boone said. “That said, with Gleyber . . . we want him to come here when we feel he’s ready to contribute for the long haul. I would say Gleyber plays more into those kind of decisions more so than a short-term, knee-jerk need.”

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Boone said he spoke with Brandon Drury, on the disabled list since last Saturday with migraines and blurry vision, on Friday. On Monday, Drury began undergoing extensive testing for a condition he told Cashman he’s dealt with for at least six years.

“When I spoke with him, compared with where he was when we left on the road trip, he sounded much, much better, like a different guy,” Boone said.

Boone, who said the Yankees are still waiting for some of the test results, did not have a timetable for Drury’s return.


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