Yankees No. 1 prospect Gleyber Torres hit just .160 in 11 spring games.

TAMPA — Gleyber Torres had a few minutes of down time Tuesday between his morning work and his start at second base in the Yankees’ spring game against the Detroit Tigers.

Relaxing at his locker, the 21-year-old Venezuelan popped up from his chair when he heard an upbeat song on the clubhouse stereo to show off his dancing skills.

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Sitting nearby, utility infielder Ronald Torreyes smiled and said, “He can dance! He’s Latino!”

A few minutes later, Torres sang a few lines to tune as he walked out of the clubhouse for a short meeting in the manager’s office.

A 21-year-old Venezuelan who is a top five prospect in baseball, Torres sure was in a good mood for a guy who had to know his first real shot at becoming a big leaguer wasn’t going to work out.

A few hours later, after Torres was 1-for-2 with a line single and a walk in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie, he was summoned back into Aaron Boone’s office and told he was being reassigned to the Yankees’ minor-league camp.

Torres took the news as if it was expected.

Asked if he was disappointed, Torres responded, “No, I feel good. It’s a decision of the team. I’ll be ready for another opportunity.”

The Yankees signing free agent second baseman Neil Walker on Monday sealed Torres’ fate, which even before then was steamrolling toward a demotion due to his struggles and middle infielder Tyler Wade having a great spring.

Scouts say Torres has the potential to be a .280-to-.300 hitter with 20-to-25 homers as a big leaguer some day, but he hit just .160 in 11 Grapefruit League games.

Heading into spring training, Torres was considered a …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports


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