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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yankees reportedly call up top prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A

On a fast-track to the big leagues, Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres has just had his track expedited as Pinstriped Prospects writer Antonio Mendes reports that he is being called up to Triple-A. Torres was slashing .273/.367/.496 with five home runs, 18 RBIs, and 10 doubles in 32 games with the Double-A Trenton Thunder prior to his reported call up, which the club has not yet confirmed.
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Torres, 20, has been playing shortstop, second base, and third base to prepare him for a versatile role in the big leagues that allows him to play anywhere in the infield that the Yankees need him. While he has the tools to stick at shortstop, the Yankees may decide to stick with Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro up the middle. In order to prevent him from being blocked, his ability to play multiple positions will only further accelerate his development giving the Yankees increased flexibility down the road.

Torres spent the entire 2016 season in Class-A advanced, so his call up to Triple-A after just 32 Double-A games is somewhat surprising. However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman has stated the no. 2 ranked prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline could eventually force the Yankees hand in a call-up to the Bronx 2017.

With this recent move, that call up is not entirely out of the question. It is still more likely that Torres does not make his Major League debut until early 2018, but it’s clear the Yankees youth movement is progressing a lot faster than many predicted.

Article by: Chad Raines