When the Yankees signed Troy Tulowitzki to play shortstop while Didi Gregorius worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, they were very clear Gleyber Torres would see action at the position even if Tulowitzki stayed healthy.
Nevertheless, the Yankees didn’t envision Tulowitzki going on the injured list after 10 games and Torres having to move across the bag from second to fill the void.
Despite Torres being a shortstop in the minor leagues, he was viewed as a better second baseman last year because his footwork was smoother at second than at short.
While scouts say that remains an issue, Torres has performed well since Tulowitzki last played on April 4.
“He has made all the routine plays, has really good hands and his range is limited. But his arm makes up for that,’’ a scout said of the 22-year-old Torres, who has played in all 30 games and started 29. “His feet are not great. He stays back and relies on what he has [arm].’’
Torres has three errors, all at short, but his bat has come alive recently, which has been needed with all the firepower on the injured list.
In Torres’ past eight games, he went 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer, six RBIs and an on-base percentage of .375. For the season Torres is batting .271 with five homers and 15 RBIs.
With no timetable set for Gregorius’ return, Torres is the Yankees’ shortstop and has Tyler Wade to give him a break. But according to a second scout Torres’ bat will form his arc at short.
“It’s all based on the bat. If he doesn’t hit over time, you will hear more and more he can’t play short,’’ the scout said. “But so far he hasn’t shown any glaring mistakes. He moves enough to play the position and can really throw.’’
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