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Yankees’ Gleyber Torres Shows Star Potential In First Week Of AFL

06 OCT 2016: New York Yankees top two prospects Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier during the Florida Instructional League (FIL) game between the FIL Yankees and the FIL Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

06 OCT 2016: New York Yankees top two prospects Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier during the Florida Instructional League (FIL) game between the FIL Yankees and the FIL Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

The Arizona Fall League began play this week and while New York Mets’ recent signee Tim Tebow has been the center of attention, New York Yankees’ prospect Gleyber Torres has been showing his star potential.

In the two games Torres played this week he has three hits, three runs scored, a double, a homer and two runs batted in. His opposite field homer on Wednesday night nearly went out of sight and then on Friday night he hit a game winning RBI single to lead the Scottsdale Scorpions to the 8-7 win.

Ranked as the Yankees’ second-best prospect, Torres has also been showing his defensive skills at shortstop and is likley to play second base during Fall League play as well.

Torres hasn’t been the only Yankees’ Yankees’ prospect that has been shining this week, RHP James Kaprielian who has been recovering from an elbow injury he suffered this season, has made a strong AFL debut so far. On Wednesday he pitched three shutout innings, retiring nine of the ten batters he faced and striking out six batters.

Below is a list of some of the hottest hitting players this past week in the AFL:

RF Hunter Cole (SF Giants): 5H/ 2B/ 2 HR/ 2 RBIs

SS Zach Vincej (Cincinnati Reds): 4H/ 2 HR/ 4 RBIs

LF Eloy Jimenez (Chicago Cubs): 4H/ HR/ 2 RBIs

CF Harrison Bader (St. Louis Cardinals): 6H/ HR/ 2 RBIs

1B Greg Bird (New York Yankees): 4H/ 4-2B/ 2 RBIs

SS Nick Gordon (Minnesota Twins): 6H/ 2 RBIs/ 2 SB

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