Yankees teenage prospect Gleyber Torres named 2016 Arizona Fall League MVP
He also became the youngest batting champ in league history
Shortstop Gleyber Torres, the headliner in the package the Cubs sent the Yankees for Aroldis Chapman at the trade deadline, has been named the 2016 Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player. He's the youngest MVP in AFL history.
Torres, who is still only 19, led the AFL in batting average (.403), on-base percentage (.513), and OPS (1.158), and was second in slugging percentage (.645). He is, by far, the youngest batting champ in league history. No player under the age of 21 had ever won the AFL batting title before.
MLB.com ranked Torres the 17th-best prospect in baseball at midseason, though prospect gurus Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo believe he will be among the top five prospects in the game when they post their annual top-100 list in a few weeks.
Torres hit an impressive .270/.354/.421 with 29 doubles, 11 home runs, and 21 stolen bases in 125 games at high Class-A during the 2016 regular season. That's approximately 16 percent better than league average. Torres was nearly four years younger than the average Florida State League player.
So far both the Yankees and Cubs have gotten exactly what they wanted from this trade. The Yankees got a top-notch prospect and the Cubs got Chapman, who helped them win the 2016 World Series. It's a classic win-win deal.
Here's the list of recent AFL MVPs. There are some pretty huge names on this list:
The AFL is a six-team league that plays a 32-game schedule from mid-October to mid-November. Many of the game's best prospects play in the AFL each year to get some extra at-bats and innings.
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