Chicago Cubs: Former prospect Gleyber Torres knocking on door in NY
The one that got away
It was worth it, and I’m sure you agree by now. If you don’t, turn in your Cubs fan card and sit in the corner and think about what you’re doing with your life.
Though I will admit that any and all success that Torres finds in New York is going to sting. And there will be a lot of success (therefore lots of stinging), and it could be coming sooner rather than later.
Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com wrote a piece making a case for Torres being the number one ranked prospect in baseball. Keep in mind this article was written about a year ago, and Torres only further made his case.
Limited by an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery, which is unusual for a position player, Torres played only 55 games. But even in that small sample size, he found a lot of success. He hit seven home runs, drove in 34 and scored 31 times to the tune of a 138 wRC+ in Double-A that jumped up to a 145 wRC+ when he received the promotion to Triple-A.
He made his impact known at the plate. Add in his crazy fast hands, plate discipline beyond his years and his ability to put the ball in play (much of the time with authority), and an ability to play second base, shortstop or third base at an above-average level and you have a potential superstar in the making.
That’s exactly what Torres is. A superstar in the making.