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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:

2018 Pinstripe Preview: Ronald Torreyes

There are many talented young players on this Yankees team. One guy that gets overlooked is Ronald Torreyes. He may not be on the same level or even near the same level as other young guys such as Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez, but Torreyes is certainly still a valuable player to the Yankees.
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He has done very well in pinstripes as a utility guy. The fact that he plays many infield positions gives Aaron Boone a lot of flexibility when he wants to give guys off or in the case of an injury. Torreyes is also listed as the Yankees’ emergency catcher although we’ll likely never be blessed with the sight of that. 

The 26-year-old began his career in 2015. Torreyes played just eight games with the Dodgers before being traded to the Yankees following the season.

He has proven to be an asset. Although he has pretty much no power, Torreyes consistently puts the bat on the ball. When you do that, eventually the ball will find holes.

The 5’8" infielder hit .258 in 72 games in 2016. His playing time increased slightly in 2017 as did his numbers. His average rose to .292 in 108 games last season. However, in 188 career games, he has just four home runs and 49 RBIs.

His numbers obviously won’t blow you away, but they’re not terrible either. When you combine his ability to play multiple positions along with his ability to make contact, he becomes a more appealing option. For those reasons, he should see a fair amount of playing time.

Torreyes also contributes to the team’s great chemistry. Remember everyone’s favorite late night show? The TOE-night show took place in the dugout usually after a fellow teammate hit a homer. The players, as well as the fans, seemed to love it.
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Unfortunately for Torreyes, it may be more difficult for him to find playing time especially once Greg Bird returns from injury. After all, the Yankees added Brandon Drury and Neil Walker. They also have Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres just waiting to get the call. Until then though, Ronald Torreyes remains an important piece for the Yankees.

Article by: Shawn Maguire