The Gleyber has landed.
In a hotly anticipated move, the Yankees called up 21-year-old Gleyber Torres on Saturday, a source close to the team confirmed. Torres was pulled in the seventh inning of Saturday afternoon’s Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre game and could join the Yankees as soon as the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at the Stadium.
As of the early evening, the Yankees had not officially announced the move.
On Saturday evening, Conor Foley — the RailRiders reporter for the Times-Tribune in Scranton — tweeted that Torres was pulled from his game but wasn’t told why, only that it wasn’t disciplinary. “After the game, [manager Bobby] Mitchell told Gleyber he was going to New York in front of the whole team, who celebrated with him,” Foley wrote.
Torres, who has primarily played third base in recent weeks but also is a strong option at second, is the No. 5-rated prospect in the nation, according to mlb.com, and the second-highest-ranked infielder, behind the Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He is a natural shortstop, but with Didi Gregorius manning the position, that isn’t in the picture for Torres with the Yankees.
After going 0-for-3 on Saturday, Torres has a .347/.393/.510 slash line, one homer and 11 RBIs in 14 games for Scranton. He had a .385/.405/.564 slash line through 10 games before going 2-for-10 in his next four.
Torres hit .309 for Scranton last year after being promoted from Double-A but had to have Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing elbow. It’s thought that he would have seen action with the Yankees in 2017 if not for the injury.
The Yankees have some wiggle room in their infield for now. Their Opening Day third baseman, Brandon Drury, is on the disabled list because of migraines and blurred vision but could return to game action as soon as next week. With Drury out, Miguel Andujar has come into his own. He has gone 9-for-20 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBIs in his last five games, including a three-run double on Saturday.
With the possibility of Torres’ promotion looming, Andujar said he isn’t concerned about his role. Though the move wasn’t official at the time, Andujar said through a translator that he can worry only about his own game and isn’t necessarily trying to prove anything more just because Torres was expected up soon.
“It’s not about sending a message,” he said. “It’s about doing a job.”
The Yankees have been playing Tyler Wade, Ronald Torreyes and Neil Walker at second base, which could be a spot for Torres.
In 2016, Torres was the Arizona Fall League MVP and batting champion, the youngest player to earn those accolades. The MLB scouting report on him highlights his “exceptionally quick hands” with good pitch recognition and an ability to adapt and improve against pitchers. He also has excellent range despite average speed.