Trust the process.
But despite rumblings that the Yankees could promote the talented infielder to replace Chase Headley at the hot corner as early as this season, it doesn’t sound like his big-league debut is imminent.
“If you ask me today, if the call comes, he is not ready,” Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders manager Al Pedrique said, according to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. “He is headed in the right direction. I like where he is at for a 20-year-old kid to be in Triple-A. He’s very mature, but defensively, he needs more work at third and second.”
In 18 games with the RailRiders, Torres has hit .254/.368/.381 with two home runs and 12 RBIs, but his poor strikeout totals are somewhat concerning, as the youngster has whiffed in 30.3 percent of his plate appearances.
When asked recently if he felt ready to be called upon to make the jump to the majors, Torres offered, “Everyone wants to play in the big leagues. I think I’m ready.”
The 20-year-old entered the year ranked by MLB.com as the second-best prospect in all of baseball and the best at shortstop. Across both Double-A and Triple-A, Torres has slashed .266/.367/.457 with seven home runs, 30 RBIs, and seven stolen bases.