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A Star In The Making: Yankees’ Gleyber Torres

PEORIA, AZ - NOVEMBER 10: - Scottsdale Scorpions Infielder Gleyber Torres (17) (NYY) is pictured during the Arizona Fall League game between the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Peoria Javelinas on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

PEORIA, AZ – NOVEMBER 10: – Scottsdale Scorpions Infielder Gleyber Torres (17) (NYY) is pictured during the Arizona Fall League game between the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Peoria Javelinas on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

On July 25, 2016 the New York Yankees traded hard throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for 4 players, one being Gleyber Torres.

The nineteen-year-old infielder is one of the best prospects in baseball and gave the Yankees’ Farm System an added depth that they needed to compete with some of the younger clubs in the Majors.

At the start of 2016, Torre’ was playing with the Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans where he hit .275 with nine homers before being traded to New York. With the Yankees he played with the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees where he continued to show his star power, hitting .254 and earning a trip to the Arizona Fall League, becoming the youngest player to take the field in Arizona.

Torres didn’t slow down any as his season continued with the Fall League as part of the Scottsdale Scorpions, he became the youngest batting champion in AFL history, hitting .403 with three homers, four doubles and a triple.

This performance with Scottsdale then led him to receive the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award, showing why he is the Yankees #2 prospect, and possible future of the club.

So what’s next for Torres in 2017? Currently ranked as the seventeenth best prospect in all of baseball, Torres may always gain attention from other teams showing interest. Although he is a shortstop, Torres also spent time this fall playing other infield positions including second base. Meaning, the Yankees might want him to be more versatile to give him a better chance at making it to the Bronx.

The 2017 season will definitely be an interesting one for the New York Yankees as they try to rebuild to their Dynasty-like days, and Gleyber Torres just might be the one to the lead the Farm System there.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
Bethany Cohen