TRENTON, N.J.—On Thursday against New Hampshire, Trenton shortstop Gleyber Torres was pulled early from the game for not running out a ball. A day later, he made sure he only had to trot.
Torres, the Yankees’ top prospect and No. 2 on BA’s updated Top 100 Prospects, belted a grand slam halfway up the batter’s eye at Arm & Hammer Park in the third inning against Portland lefthander Trey Ball. The blast was Torres’ fifth of the year, and fourth in the last five days.
Although Torres isn’t the built like other powerful shortstops like the Dodgers’ Corey Seager or the Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki, he doesn’t lack for strength.
“He’s not tall, but he’s thick. He’s got a very strong lower half,” Trenton manager Bobby Mitchell said. “His forearms are strong. His hands are strong. … Gleyber’s just thick, man. All the way down you can see that he’s strong.”
Trenton has begun moving Torres around the diamond—he’ll get more experience at third base and second base in the coming days—but it’s abundantly clear that he has power that will play at any spot on the field.
Torres wasn’t the only member of the Thunder who went deep on Friday. Third baseman Miguel Andujar, who checked in at No. 12 on this year’s Yankees Top 30 prospects list, swatted his fourth longball of the season.
Andujar’s blast was a rocket—it had an exit velocity of 111 mph—that cleared the oversized wall in left field and found a spot in the parking lot. He redirected a 95 mph fastball from Portland reliever Williams Jerez to give Trenton its final run of the game.