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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

Yankees Gleyber Torres takes over as MLB Pipeline's top prospect in baseball

With the graduation of Mets’ youngster Amed Rosario off prospect lists, Yankees INF Gleyber Torres has taken over in the top spot on prospect boards. The 20-year-old phenom has seen his stock rise ever since turning pro, and his stock is at its highest point in the final few weeks of the MLB regular season.
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Torres was ranked as MLB Pipeline’s third ranked prospect during the midseason update behind Rosario and Yoan Moncada at the top, but the two have since reached the rookie threshold and graduated off prospect lists. Torres, who the Yankees had been playing at shortstop, second base, and third base was likely to make his Major League debut in 2017 before tearing the UCL of his left arm sliding into home in June.

Prior to the injury, Torres was hitting .309/.406/.457 (.863 OPS) with two homers, four doubles, one triple, and 16 RBIs in 23 Triple-A games on the season. He began the season in Trenton, and finished the year with a slash line of .287/.383/.480 (.863 OPS) between AA and AAA. His scouting grades on the 20-80 scale are as follows:

Hit: 65
Power: 55
Run: 55
Arm: 60
Field: 55
Overall: 65

MLB Pipeline will re-rank the prospects at season’s end, but there is a chance Torres holds onto the top spot. Immediately behind Torres are Victor Robles of the Nationals, Vladamir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays, Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox, and Ronald Acuna of the Braves, all of which have a case for taking over as the game’s top prospect.

Additionally, the Yankees still have six top 100 prospects, with Miguel Andujar at 96, Justus Sheffield at 84, Estevan Florial at 82, Chance Adams at 55, Clint Frazier at 23, and of course, Torres at number one.

Article by: Chad Raines