Will Gleyber Torres transfer well to second base and will it be enough for him to make the majors? by: Michael P. Featherstone

George M. Steinbrenner Stadium

The sun shone down on George M. Steinbrenner Field as the Yankees warmed up. The hot air cut through the young players hair as they played as hard as they could to join the New York Yankees. Players included Jorge Mateo, Clint Frazier, and Justus Sheffield. One of these players that stood out above the rest is Gleyber Torres.

Torres on the Cubs

Gleyber Torres is Venezuelan baseball player that has a bold future in the MLB. He signed with the Cubs in 2013 as an international free agent. Many people ask what is so important about Torres. He is a bright young star that hit .297/.386/.440 and two home runs in 50 games. If you don’t know baseball, those are some incredible stats. Torres was the main acquisition of the Aroldis Chapman with the Cubs.

Torres with Clint Frazier at Spring Training

Gleyber Torres is making a stunning performance at spring training by auditioning at second base for the manager Joe Girardi. Girardi was very happy with Torres’s fielding skills and quick thinking at the position. Torres came to the Yankees as a star shortstop but the Yankees have second base in mind for him. According to the New York Post Torres stated “I felt pretty comfortable. I’ve been practicing for a couple of day now and felt good,’’. Torres could be a key player in the Yankees new youth movement throughout the minors with Mateo, Frazier, and Sheffield. Players like Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge are rising stars and all stars to come.

Torres on the ground after taking a mighty cut at the baseball.

According to Nj.com they stated “Yankees top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres said he felt "pretty comfortable" at second base Sunday.’’ I believe that Gleyber Torres is the real deal because of many quick points in his first Yankees spring training appearance.

Torres at Spring Training with the Yankees

He showed signs of agility and quick thinking at all of the positions in the infield. He also showed potential as a utility player that can play third,second, and shortstop. Many Yankee fans are asking the same question. Is this enough for him to impress and make the majors?

What's next for the future AllStar?

The starting second basemen for the Yankees is Starlin Castro who can give very good advice to the youngster as a veteran. I feel that Torres will get very good insight from Castro as he can help him take the reigns of second with future gold glover Didi Gregorius. All eyes are on the 20-year-old infielder to see what's next for one of baseball's brightest young stars, as the 2017 season inches closer one day at a time.

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