Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres works out with 11-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel
One of the organization's most promising new prospects is 20-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres, who has earned himself league-wide recognition for being one of the top young players yet to crack the Major Leagues.
As a middle infielder, Torres offers a bevy of skills at a premium position, but based on early scouting reports, his defense may still be one of the few areas of his game that could use improvement before his ascent to the Majors.
One thing that will undoubtedly help in that regard is the recent training session Torres underwent alongside one of the best defensive infielders in MLB history, Omar Vizquel.
Now a first base coach with the Detroit Tigers, Vizquel has continued to uphold his legacy as an elite fielder of the baseball, even on the opposite side of the white chalk lines. For Torres, a chance to learn from the 11-time Gold Glove winner and fellow Venezuelan native marks a golden opportunity that could prove invaluable on his journey to the Bronx.
On Torres' Instagram page, the reigning Arizona Fall League MVP posted a photo of himself learning from "el gran Vizquel" in Miami, Fla., less than 300 miles from where he'll be competing alongside his new Yankees teammates in a few short weeks.
If there was any single player for Torres to emulate, Vizquel is one of the best. The continued development of Torres' glove will be crucial to helping him make the jump to the big leagues, where Yankees fans will be eagerly awaiting their first chance to see whether or not the youngster can live up to the hype.
"Although I've had scouts question whether he'll stay at shortstop because of his build, he has a 70-grade arm and great hands, and I think he has enough lateral range that he's more likely to remain at the position than move to third," ESPN's Keith Law recently wrote. "He's the Yankees' new shortstop of the future, a player with All-Star upside and a very high floor."
Torres is slated to start out the 2017 season in Double-A with the Trenton Thunder, where scouts, fans, and player development personnel will be keeping a keen eye on his improvement in the field and at the plate. Torres is also one of the 23 non-roster invites who recently learned they'll be joining the Yankees in Tampa, Fla., for the start of spring camp.
If Gleyber can make a solid impression there, his chances of promotion up through the system will only increase. And just in case you haven't gotten a glimpse of Torres' compact, fluid swing -- feast your eyes:
As baseball enters a new golden age for super-young, super-talented shortstops like Carlos Correa, Corey Seager and Francisco Lindor (just to name a few), Torres has every chance to rise to the same level for the New York Yankees.
Pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks, so stay tuned for all the latest news and developments surrounding the Yankees as they embark on a new season in the Bronx.