Gleyber Torres was viewed as surplus for the Cubs, a team stacked up the middle of the diamond with young talent. The Yankees were more than happy to take him off Chicago's hands, though, as Torres was dealt to New York as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade. The teenager is just scratching the surface of his potential, having never played a game above High-A. Still, glimpses of future stardom were evident in 2016, as Torres slashed .270/.354/.421 with 11 home runs, 66 RBI and 21 steals as one of the younger players in the Florida State League. Torres has always had above-average speed, but the development of a power stroke would really take his game to new heights. The Yankees are hoping that Torres continues to flash that home-run power as he matures. Torres will likely start the 2017 campaign at Double-A, as it appears he is the shortstop of the future for the Yankees, with Jorge Mateo trying out other positions.
Torres was placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list, retroactive to April 18, with mild rotator cuff tendinitis. While initially considered day-to-day, Torres' injury is significant enough to warrant a trip to the DL. Nonetheless, it doesn't seem like a severe injury, so it is likely he will return by late next week. With Double-A Trenton, Torres had been hitting .237 in 38 at-bats before the injury.
Torres was diagnosed with right shoulder inflammation and is not expected to be sidelined for any extended period, the Bergen Record's Pete Caldera reports. It sounds like he is simply day-to-day, although he will likely be given at least a couple days off just to be safe. This should not affect Torres' value in dynasty or single-season leagues. Torres was hitting .237/.341/.342 with no home runs and one steal in 44 plate appearances prior to the injury.
Torres was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with Double-A Trenton due to right shoulder soreness, Matt Kardos of MLB.com reports. This is the first news of Torres dealing with shoulder soreness, so it's likely that the team is just being cautious with their prized prospect by sitting him out Tuesday. He'll be considered day-to-day for the time being.
Torres will receive reps at second and third base in addition to shortstop, Matt Kardos of MLB.com reports. The tentative plan is for Torres to play three games at shortstop, followed by two at third base and two at second. Torres is already one of the most promising prospects in the Yankees' system, but adding to his repertoire of positions would only increase his value and enable him to make his major-league debut wherever the club deems its infield the weakest.
Torres was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday. Torres will begin the season with Double-A Trenton. In 18 Grapefruit League contests, the coveted prospect hit .464 (13-for-28) with six doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. Despite the fact that the Yankees starting shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss extended time with a shoulder strain, the team thought it was best not to rush Torres to the big leagues. The 20-year-old has a chance to make his major league debut further down the road in 2017.