With just eight games of major league experience under his belt coming into the year, Ronald Torreyes wasn't expected to have much of an impact with the Yankees last season. After a surprisingly strong start in which he hit .381 over 10 contests in April, the 24-year-old was able to stick around as a utility infield option for the duration of the season. Though his numbers ended up regressing a bit as the year went on, Torreyes provided solid defense primarily at third base and shortstop and was a serviceable bat in the lineup when called upon. With the Yankees looking set to give some of their more highly touted prospects a chance next season, Torreyes could be squeezed out of a role on the big league squad, but he looked like a long shot to make the roster last year as well. Either way, it's likely he'll be used mostly as a utility and backup option if he does crack the 25-man roster.
Torreyes will likely see some time in the outfield this spring, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Torreyes was primarily a reserve utility infielder for the Bronx Bombers last season, although he did log a pair of appearances in right field. It seems that the Yankees are attempting to turn him into a super utility player, which should help him maintain his spot on the major league roster even with New York's prospects knocking on the door to the majors. However, the 24-year-old is still blocked by more talented players at every position on the depth chart, so his fantasy impact will likely still be minimal even with the potential for added positional eligibility.
Torreyes went 2-for-4 and scored a run in Tuesday's win over the Rays. Torreyes saw his playing time shoot up during an August in which he hit an astounding .438, but he's fallen back down a bit during the final month and has returned to more of a reserve role as a result. With Starlin Castro dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain though, the 24-year-old infielder could be called upon to fill in and make a few starts at second base over the remaining two weeks of the season.
Torreyes is not in the lineup Wednesday for the third straight day, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPN.com. Torreyes is hitting a robust .438 with six doubles and a home run since Aug. 19, but manager Joe Girardi has decided to keep him on the bench the last few days in favor of Chase Headley.
Torreyes is not in the lineup Monday against the Royals. Torreyes has hit his way into a starting role of late, as he had started five straight games at the hot corner and went 9-for-18 in that span. He'll get a day off Monday, as Chase Headley reclaims the third base starting role, but Torreyes figures to factor into the lineup fairly regularly down the stretch if he continues his current pace at the plate.
Torreyes will start at third base and bat ninth in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles. It's his fifth straight start at the hot corner. The Yankees seem to be fully embracing a rebuild at this stage of the season, with veterans like Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and now Chase Headley seeing their roles diminished in the second half. In Headley's case, it's Torreyes who has been the main beneficiary. Though the 23-year-old still remains a low-end fantasy option, he's certainly justified his place in the lineup of late, going 12-for-23 with five doubles, a homer, four RBI and six runs in his last seven contests.