The No. 1 prospect in Major League Baseball will remain out of action through the winter, as Yankees INF Gleyber Torres announced in a series of tweets that the decision was made for him by the Yankee organization.
The second tweet refers to the Caracas Lions, the team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League that owns Torres’ winter ball rights. Torres is still recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left arm suffered during the 2017 season.
Torres, widely known as MLB.com’s top ranked prospect, slashed a combined .287/.383/.480 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs in 55 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was also on a rotation of playing games at shortstop, second base and third base to enhance his defensive versatility.Embed from Getty Images
On June 17, Torres slid into home plate head-first in a matchup with the Buffalo Bison. The Bison catcher landed awkwardly on Torres’ outstretched left arm, injuring him with what was originally diagnosed as a hyperextended left elbow. Scans later showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, which required the Tommy John procedure.
Torres’ recovery has been documented through plenty of videos posted to his Instagram account, showing him swinging a bat and working on hand-eye coordination drills. He is still expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2018.