The New York Yankees signed Saul Torres on July 2, 2016 as an international non-drafted free agent. Overall, there is a lot to like about the young backstop but there is plenty of work and maturing that needs to occur for him to reach his ceiling. The Yankees sure like what they have seen from Torres thus far and are currently working with the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native on his shortcomings. He will be better than Austin Romine defensively and have more pop at the plate if he reaches his ceiling. Torres has the tools, hands, and work ethic to be very good but has a lot to learn, especially on the mental side.
The young backstop made his professional debut for the Dominican Summer League Yankees (Rookie) affiliate, as he appeared in 19 games. As a rookie, Torres slashed .154/.203/.215 with five runs batted in over 65 at bats. Saul struck out 19 times and walked just twice.
After earning a promotion to the Pulaski Yankees (Rookie), Torres performed slightly better at the plate. He slashed .174/.230/.309 with six home runs, 23 RBI’s, and six doubles. The 6’2” prospect only walked 10 times and struck out in 69 times across 148 at bats.