Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Source: NY Post

"I'm human," said Gleyber Torres following the Yankees decision to demote Torres on Tuesday to Triple Scranton-Wilkes Barre after batting .160 and striking out seven times with 25 at bats.  Torres, arguably one of baseball's best prospects, may just need more time to develop after having Tommy John surgery last season.  However, it could be that the Yankees just put too much pressure too soon on the young infielder.

Source: NY Post

"It’s a decision of the team. I can’t control that,” Torres said, insisting that he wasn’t disappointed. “I just have to stay focused and work hard and stay ready for another opportunity," reported the NY Times on Tuesday.  It's a great disposition to have but it is disappointing for Torres to say the least.

Source: Newsday

As tweeted by YES reporter Lou DiPietro, "Gleyber Torres was upbeat despite being sent to Triple-A: "It's not easy to come back after missing nine months. I just have to stay humble. They told me I needed more at-bats and more games, so I'll just stay focused on my game and wait for another opportunity."

With Torres demoted, the spotlight is cast stronger on Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, and new acquisition, Neil Walker. As Jack Curry tweeted on Tuesday, "Boone just gushed about Wade during interview on YES. Said he’s in hunt for the second base job and/or a utility role. Earlier, Cashman referred to Wade’s “tremendous” spring. Wade is making this team."  

Also turning heads is Miguel Andujar who is definitely in play for the third base position.  “You can’t lose your focus,” the Dominican-born Andujar said through an interpreter, when asked about the attention he has garnered this spring. “I understand what I need to do -- go out there and do my job,” reported ESPN. Recall that Brandon Drury could also land that job.

Source: Sporting News

Then there is the former Met, Neil Walker, who is pushing his way into the second base position, a place where Wade is also vying for, and with Torres out for now, it is could be a real competition for second and third.

Did the Yankees put too much pressure on Gleyber Torres or is pressure just part of the game?  We will just have to wait and see.  Take the spotlight off Torres for now and let him just play and then, we will see where his destiny lies.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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