Prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees announced that they have called up Gleyber Torres from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Torres is ranked as the Yankees’ top prospect and No. 5 overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.
Yankee fans have anxiously anticipated Torres’ arrival in the Bronx. The 21-year-old was acquired as part of a trade that sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs during the 2016 season. Since being acquired, Torres has quickly rose through the Yankees minor league system.
Last season, Torres suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, forcing him to have season-ending Tommy John surgery. Due to the injury, Torres was limited to just 55 games. If not for the injury, it was very possible that Torres could have found his way to the big leagues during the 2017 campaign.
Through the first 14 games of the Triple-A season, Torres got off to a very hot start. He posted a slash line of .347/.393/.510, and drove in 11 runs in 56 plate appearances.
In his Major League debut on Sunday, Torres will bat eighth and play second base. He will also wear the No. 25, which was most-recently worn by Mark Teixeira, Jason Giambi, and former player/manager Joe Girardi.
Along with calling-up Torres, the Bronx Bombers also announced some additional roster moves. To make room for Torres on the 25-man roster, Tyler Wade was optioned to Triple-A. Additionally, David Hale was signed to a Major League Contract, while Jace Peterson was designated for assignment.
Wade struggled early on for the Bronx Bombers, posting a slash line of .086/.158/.143 in 13 games. The Yankees think very highly of the 23-year-old, and hope that getting him everyday playing time in the minors will help his development.
So far this season, Hale posted a 0-1 record with a 5.62 ERA in three starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It is still unknown how the Yankees will use Hale, but it is possible that the right-hander could make a start at some point this week.
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