Gleyber Torres to play shortstop, second base, third base with Double-A Trenton
Gleyber Torres is headed for Double-A Trenton this season, and he's headed for multiple positions, too.
Per Matt Kardos of PinstripedProspects.com, Thunder manager Bobby Mitchell announced during Trenton's media day Tuesday that Torres will play second base, third base, and shortstop on rotation this season; according to Mitchell, Torres will likely spend three days at short and two each at second and third before an off-day, repeating some semblance of that cycle every eight days.
Mitchell also said that the Yankees' No. 1 prospect will mostly hit third in the lineup, ideally following leadoff hitter Rashad Crawford and infielder Thairo Estrada - who will play second base most days and fill in at short when Torres is elsewhere - in the batting order.
Torres, 20, was acquired from the Cubs last July in the Aroldis Chapman deal, and spent his time with the Yankees last season at Class-A Advanced Tampa. He hit .448 in 29 at-bats this spring, but was taken out of consideration to fill in for the injured Didi Gregorius because of the team's concerns about jumping him from Advanced-A to the Majors.
In other news from Trenton's media day and beyond:
- Trenton's rotation to start the season will be Chad Green, Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Yefrey Ramirez, and Domingo German, with lefty Daniel Camarena slotting into Green's spot once he is moved to either the Bronx or Triple-A on April 16. However, barring a rainout, Camarena will likely also have to start one of the Thunder's first five games, because…
- Green was scheduled to be Trenton's Opening Day starter, but due to weather concerns in the Northeast on Thursday, the Yankees have moved both he and lefty Jordan Montgomery, who was slated to pitch Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's opener, to Class-A Advanced Tampa instead. Trenton opens in Erie, Penn., while SWB is in Buffalo, and with an iffy weather forecast in that region this week, the Yankees decided instead to have Green and Montgomery piggyback in Tampa, where it is scheduled to be in the mid-70s on Thursday. The two are lined up to pitch on April 6 and 11 ahead of the Yankees' first need for a fifth starter on April 16.
- On the other end, Cale Coshow, who made 36 appearances (and nine starts) for the Thunder last season, will get the first crack at the closer's role in Trenton.