NEW YORK — TheYankees had a lot of fun Saturdayblowing out the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1. Lefty starter Jordan Montgomery went six strong, superstar right fielder Aaron Judge went yard and rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar rocketed a shot over the left fielder’s head for a three-run double.
Even the weather at Yankee Stadium wasn’t half bad for a change.
By night’s end, the 9-8 Yanks even gained a little ground on the Boston Red Sox, who were no-hit in Oakland by Sean Manaea and dropped to 17-3 for the year.
The most exciting part of the day was the late-afternoon news that the Yankees are calling up Gleyber Torres, a 21-year-old infielder who is regarded as a five prospect in baseball.
Torres is expected to make his Major League debut on Sunday when the Yankees conclude their four-game series against the Jays.
The natural shortstop played a lot of third base early this season, but Torres started at second in his last two Triple-A games and that’s probably where he’ll be from now on.
Is Torres big-league ready after just 130 Triple-A at-bats, the first 81 last season and the other 49 this year?
Can Torres handle second base, a position he’s played in just 14 of his 370 games over five pro seasons?
We asked those questions and others to an opposition scout who has seen Torres play a lot in recent years and a few times this season.
Here’s a fresh scouting report on Torres, whose arrival likely will lead to second baseman Tyler Wade being farmed out on Sunday and second baseman/first baseman Neil Walker probably being designated for assignment next month when Greg Bird return from March ankle surgery:
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Is Torres big-league ready?
Scout: “Yep. He swings the bat. He uses the whole field. He plays defense. You’re going to have growing pains with any young player, but he’s ready. And for Gleyber, it’s better now to get his feet wet in the big leagues than in August when the Yankees are in a pennant race. I know Gleyber hasn’t had a lot of at-bats in Triple-A – he didn’t have a lot in Double-A – and you always question that, but this guy can hit and he’s going to hit.”
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Can Torres become a star right away?
Scout: "Not right away. But he’s a 21-year-old. He’s going to get his feet wet. He’s going to get beat up a little bit. This guy has a chance to be an impact player though. I give him a chance to play in multiple All-Star games."
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Is Torres ready to play second base in the big leagues?
Scout: “He’ll be fine there. He looked OK there when I saw him play second this year and he looked OK there when I saw him in the Fall League. He’s going to make the plays. He’s got good hands. He’ll turn the double play. He’s got no fear. I don’t think he wants to go back to the minor leagues, so he’s going to play his rear-end off. Plus, he knows he’s going to be playing second now, so he’s going to take the majority of his groundball work during pre-game at second base."