The Yankees' Gleyber Torres throws to first base during a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Feb. 25, 2018, at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida.


Aaron Boone Sounds Hesitant About Calling Up Gleyber Torres Soon

April 16, 2018 - 10:30 am


Could this be the week Gleyber Torres, the Yankees' top prospect, makes his major league debut?

On one hand, the Bombers are hurting at third base. Brandon Drury is on the disabled list with migraines and blurry vision, and rookie Miguel Andujar is hitting a lowly .156 (5-for-32). 

On the other hand, Torres is batting .385 (15-for-39) with a homer and 10 RBIs with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Despite those factors, manager Aaron Boone expressed some reservation in calling up the 21-year-old infielder in the coming days. 

“Possible? Yes. Likely? Not necessarily," Booner told reporters Sunday in Detroit, where the Yankees' doubleheader was rained out.

"With a guy that we think is going to be such an important part of our organization for a long time, we want to feel really good that he’s in a really good place when we do bring him here," the first-year manager added. 

Likely on Boone's mind is the limited action Torres has seen since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season -- just 10 minor league games after a shaky spring in which he hit .219 with no homers and one RBI. 

But Boone said he'd also prefer for Torres to mostly play one position when he finally arrives in the big leagues. Torres has predominantly played shortstop in the minors. With Didi Gregorius cemented there, it appeared over the winter that Torres was destined to play second base for the Yankees. But now third base is a real possibility. 

In Scranton, Torres began this season at shortstop but has started the past six games at third, a sign the Bombers are eyeing him for that role. Meanwhile, Tim Naehring, the Yankees' vice president of baseball operation, has reportedly been raving about Torres in his reports, and Boone has, too, been keeping a close eye on him.

“I think he’s playing well,” Boone said. “I think the last couple days have been better. I’ve been watching a lot of his at-bats. He’s been getting his hits early, but I don’t think he was locked in by any means. To see him playing well, healthy and off to a good start is something we certainly take notice of and we’re watching closely.

“I think there’s a lot that goes into it as far as evaluating him. We see he’s getting a couple hits a game, but is he where we think we want him to be physically? Is he having the at-bats we want him to have to where he’s ready to come up and impact us?

Just don't expect to see Torres on Monday or Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. By keeping him in the minors until at least Wednesday, the Yankees can control Torres an additional year before he becomes a free agent.