Gleyber Torres (Martin Griff)

Stanton Deal Gives Torres Clear Shot at MLB Job

With the Yankees trading second baseman Starlin Castro and several prospects to the Miami Marlins for 2017 National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton.

The trade gave the Yankees a massive upgrade in their lineup and managed to open a spot on the major league roster for their top prospect Gleyber Torres.  Torres was set to compete with Miguel Andujar, Chase Headley and others for the third base job, but with Castro gone, he is the heir-apparent for second base, a position he is a much more natural fit.

In his minor league career, Torres has plated just 11 games at second base, 15 games at third base and 318 games at shortstop.  While his time at either second and third is limited, Torres will have an easier time playing second base regularly in the majors, and many scouts see him more as a middle infielder than a corner one.

Torres owns a .282/.360/.416 hitting line in 356 minor league games and was hitting .309/.406/.457 in 23 games in Triple-A before going down with an injury in June.  He underwent Tommy John surgery and began his road to recovery shortly after being placed on the disabled list.  He has resumed baseball activities and is spending the winter working out at the Yankees minor league complex down in Tampa under the supervision of several coaches.

He is expected to be back to 100% by the time spring training roles around and had he not gotten hurt it is likely he already would have been in the majors.

While he would have had a chance to unseat Headley, the chances of that happening were slim but with Castro now gone, it looks like Torres now is the favorite to win the second base job.

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