TRENTON, N.J.—The Yankees have promoted top prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The move was announced after Sunday’s game by manager Bobby Mitchell on the team’s weekly radio show.
Torres, 20, was hitting .273/.367/.496 in 32 games at Double-A and had homered in four of his past seven games, including a grand slam on Friday against Portland.
“Every since we’ve gotten him in the organization, he’s shown the ability to give quality at-bats every single day,” said Yankees farm director Gary Denbo, who was in attendance at Trenton over the last three games. “He’s shown some power, he’s played some exceptional defense for us, his throwing has been accurate and he’s getting better and better on the basepaths. So all the things that we want him to check off on the way to major league player, he’s been doing it for us.”
Torres, signed by the Cubs out of Venezuela in 2013, was traded to the Yankees last July along with outfielders Rashad Crawford and Billy McKinney and righthander Adam Warren in exchange for closer Aroldis Chapman, who re-signed with New York this offseason.
He ranked No. 2 on Baseball America’s most recent Top 100 Prospects list, just behind White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada. Now, after winning the Arizona Fall League’s MVP last season and impressing as the youngest player in the Eastern League, Torres will get a chance to test himself in the International League.