Yankees' No. 2 prospect opening eyes with maturity, tools in Fall League
By Will Boor
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Gleyber Torres has only been in the Yankees' organization for roughly three and a half months, but the Yankees' No. 2 prospect is already on the radar of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
"I love his personality and character and presentation as a person," Jackson said. "He's an easy-going guy, confident, respectful. You see good things that you need, just by talking to him, he shows good character. He shows respect for the game and who he's talking to. I sure do like what I see."
Torres hit .270 and set career highs in homers (11) and RBIs (66) in 125 games with Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach and Class A Advanced Tampa during the regular season and has continued to hit in the Arizona Fall League. After going 3-for-4 with two RBIs on Tuesday, Torres is hitting .341 with three homers and nine RBIs through 13 games, despite being among the youngest in the league -- a fact Jackson, in town for three days as a special advisor, was surprised to learn.
"Is he 19?" Jackson said. "Gosh, I would have guessed him for 22. He's very impressive as a person, as a young man."
That maturity has also resonated with James Kaprielian, Torres' teammate in Tampa and again in Scottsdale.
"He's smart. He's got a lot of fuel," Kaprielian, the Yankees' No. 9 prospect, said. "For a 19-year-old, you don't always see a lot of guys as mature as he is. Obviously he's got the given tools. He's a five-tool player. He's the guy I want behind me if I'm pitching. He's the guy I want to be up when we're tied in the ninth. He's an all-around gamer. He's smart, he's mature, he's professional."
Torres, who signed with the Cubs for $1.7 million out of Venezuela in 2013 at age 16, has a solid approach at the plate and has shown an ability to hit at every level thus far -- hitting .282 through 301 career Minor League contests.
Defensively, Torres has come up as a shortstop but may eventually move over to second, where he played one game with Tampa earlier this year.
"What I've heard about him is that he's a really special talent at shortstop," Jackson said. "I think we're going to play him at second base because we have a guy who is going to be an All-Star at shortstop."
William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.