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Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: GLEYBER TORRES INFIELDER NEW YORK YANKEES

                                                                 

The rebuild but still contending on the fly New York Yankees really took things to a new level in 2016 as the team underwent a rebuild but at the same time ushered in a competitive youth movement that had them in wild contention early last September.  While the Yanks failed to make the postseason, the present and future look very bright as the are considered to have one of the top farm systems in the game thanks to the the haul the team got in trading away Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.  Justin Sheffield, Clint Frazier, and Gleyber Torres were the headline returning prospects in those deals and the latter in particular has the Yanks and many prospect pundits full of excitement.  The 20-year-old Torres was already considered to the one of the top prospects in the fertile Chicago Cubs system but the team signed off on moving him to the Yanks in the Chapman deal.  All Torres then proceeded to do was tear up the Arizona Fall League for the Yanks to the tune of a .403 average with 3 home runs and 25 hits overall which earned him the MVP of the mini-season.  In addition, Torres was given the title of a top tier/top five overall prospect in baseball, with some publications going so far as to name him number 1 overall.  The future shortstop/second baseman for the Yankees has been invited to spring training where he at least will show how he can handle major league pitching.  While GM Brian Cashman has said Torres won't begin the 2017 season with the team no matter how well he plays, a mid-season promotion is not out of the question.  It will be at that point where Torres can start showing the burgeoning power, future .300 stick, and impressive speed that can make him a stolen base asset right away.  The sky is literally the limit here and I wouldn't begrudge anyone from drafting him in the late rounds to ensure you get a piece of Torres in 2017.


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