Earlier today Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline released his list of the top 10 shortstop prospects in all of baseball, and the New York Yankees placed two on the list. Gleyber Torres was named the top shortstop in the minors while Jorge Mateo was ranked as the eighth-best prospect at the position.
Torres, 19, is arguably considered the Yankees top prospect after being acquired from the Cubs in a trade this past season. Callis writes “The recipient of a $1.7 million bonus out of Venezuela in 2013, Torres excelled in his first full pro season in ’15 as he helped Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach win the Carolina League title at age 19. He continued to impress last season in his return to Myrtle Beach before joining the Yankees as their key return in the Aroldis Chapman deal in July, and then became the youngest Arizona Fall League MVP and batting champion (.403) in 25 years. Now 20, Torres boasts one of the highest offensive ceilings among prospects, with the potential to hit for a high average and deliver 20-plus homers from a premium position.”
Before the trade, Jorge Mateo, 21 was the organization’s top prospect. He had a breakout season in 2015 when he stole 82 bases in 117 games, but after starting off hot in 2016, he cooled down and served a suspension for violating team policy. This past season he hit .254 in 113 games, his lowest batting average in five seasons. But he still possesses some of the best tools in the game.
Callis notes this in his write up on Mateo, “Mateo’s stock took a hit in 2016 with his struggles in the Florida State League, and a two-week suspension for insubordination raised questions about his makeup. That being said, the 21-year-old still possesses a slew of high-end tools including top-of-the-scale speed and average hitting ability, although some question whether he can stick at shortstop in the long run.”