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Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres makes Triple-A debut at third base

New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres throwing to first

New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres throwing to first to make a stop against the Philadelphia Phillies in the top of the 8th inning in game 1 during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL. Friday Feb. 24, 2017 Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Gleyber Torres made his Triple-A debut Tuesday night with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at third base, a position the organization’s top prospect will be getting more time at.

Torres, 20, whose natural position in shortstop, played 19 games at short with Double-A Trenton, six at third and five at second before his promotion Sunday night.

Indications are the Yankees will have Torres on a 3-3-2 rotation with Scranton, meaning three games in a row at third, three in a row at short and two straight at second. With Trenton, it was three at short followed by two at third and second.

An opposing team talent evaluator who has followed Trenton much of the season said Torres looked best at shortstop — for obvious reasons as it’s the position he’s played the most in his young career — but had no difficulty projecting him as a third baseman.

“His hands, his instincts will allow him to do it, if that’s where they want him to play,” the evaluator said. “Playing over there is more reactionary, he’s shown his first step toward the ball is good. His feet are good after he makes the play. He doesn’t have that quick-twitch quickness that the elite third basemen have, but he does some things well that will get better. He needs more reps there but, for me, it’s been pretty good. Everywhere it’s been good.”

Torres had a .273/.367/.496 slash line in Trenton, with five homers and 18 RBIs.

Bird eyes games

Greg Bird, on the DL since May 2 with a right ankle bruise, did tee-and-toss drills a day after taking dry swings. Assuming no setbacks the rest of the week as his baseball activities are ramped up, Bird expects to be playing in extended spring games in Tampa by the middle of next week. A rehab assignment, likely starting with High-A Tampa, would follow.

“I woke up this morning and felt good,” Bird said.

Gridiron talk

Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald, a friend of Joe Girardi’s, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Girardi, who spent much of BP chatting with Fitzgerald, is a Northwestern graduate.

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