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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

BBB Top Prospect Countdown #13: Luis Torrens

The Yankees have seemed to have an abundance of catching depth over the past few seasons thanks to the likes of Austin Romine, J.R Murphy and Gary Sanchez. One catching prospect who turned heads in his first season of pro ball but has since fallen off the map is 19 year old Luis Torrens. Now recovering from a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Torrens will look to pick up where he left off.
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The Yankees signed the 6 foot backstop out of Venezuela in 2012 to a $1.3 million signing bonus when he was just 16 years old. Torrens was originally an infielder, but the Yankees had him make the transition to catcher.

In 2013, Torrens had his first taste of the minor leagues where he was a member of the Gulf Coast Yankees. In 47 games, the Venezuelan produced a slash line of .241/.348/.299 while collecting 42 hits and 14 RBI’s. While he had modest production with the bat, it was his arm that impressed, as he threw out a fantastic 45% of runners attempting to steal.

The Yankees liked his production and in 2014 he was sent to the Yankees Single-A Affiliate, the Charleston Riverdogs, where he played only 9 games as a result of a shoulder strain. After rehabbing his shoulder, Torrens was reassigned to the Staten Island Yankees, where he played for the remainder of the season. Torrens’ bat came alive as in 48 games the righty had 50 hits and 18 RBI’s. Unfortunately for Torrens, he had to have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder that would force him to miss all of the 2015 season.

When it comes down to it, Torrens has the tools to be a successful major leaguer. He hits for contact which is great for a catcher and will eventually become more of a power hitter. His arm is probably his greatest attribute behind the dish, as he has quickly developed a quick transfer while maintaining accuracy. The potential issue with Torrens and his future is the health of his shoulder, as he has already had two major injuries to it. However, he should be able to rebound in the upcoming season and pick up where he left off. He’ll begin the 2016 season as a member of the Charleston Riverdogs.

You can check out all of Torrens’ minor league stats here.
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Article: Phil Akre
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