The good news: Miguel Andujar has been promoted to Triple-A. The bad news: Gleyber Torres will miss the remainder of the season.
There will be a flurry of emotions flowing through the New York Yankees organization on Monday.
The good news: Miguel Andujar — the team’s ninth rated prospect — was promoted to Triple-A. The bad news: Gleyber Torres — one of the best prospects in all of baseball — will need Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
After tearing his way through the lower levels of the minors, Torres was promoted to Scranton — and because the team featured him prominently at third base, he was expected to reach the Bronx at some point in 2017. Once Torres put his adjustments in the rearview mirror, he showcased his elite talents on an everyday basis, as evidenced by his .309 batting average with an OPS of .863 in 81 at-bats.
But when one door closes, another one has opened — and that’s where Andujar comes into the picture.
At this point, there was nothing else for the Dominican native to do in Double-A. In his first full season in Trenton, Andujar lived up to the hype as he sported a batting line of .312/.342/.494 with seven home runs, 52 RBI and 23 doubles over 67 games.
The 22-year-old joins Torres, Clint Frazier, Chance Adams, Dustin Fowler, Tyler Wade, Domingo Acevedo and Tyler Austin as the eighth player ranked within the Yankees top 15 prospects to play in Scranton this season, further proving how deep the farm system is.
The combination and injury and promotion also adds a new wrinkle to the Yankees’ plans at third base this season.
Despite being just 20 years of age, evaluators believed Torres was pegged to replace Chase Headley and help the Yankees at some point this season. Now that he’s on the shelf until next year, Wade may be the next man up for the organization.
Despite plans for him becoming the team’s version of Ben Zobrist, Wade can get his first taste of big league action sticking at one position. He currently leads the team in batting average (.324), hits (85), runs scored (52), and stolen bases (19) while playing every position except first base and catcher. The organization will have to make a move if they want this to be done, as Wade isn’t on the 40-man roster at this time.
Losing Torres will be tough — but the New York Yankees know he has star potential.
Now it’s time for the secondary prospects to step up in his place.