Yankees News: Ebs’ Baby Bombers Update


WILKES-BARRE, PA – It’s been quite some time since I provided an update on the New York Yankees’ prospects for the MTM faithful

Since the big-league club seems to have everything under control – except Masahiro Tanaka, who better get it figured out and fast – I figured this would be a great time to discuss the Baby Bombers.

That kid Gleyber Torres is getting call up after all.

Gleyber Torres has been worth the wait. Worth the wait? It’s not even June.

I know. But there are people out there who wanted Gleyber Torres to fill in for Didi Gregorious to start the season.

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Heck, to be honest, he’s only played in 31 games at the Double-A level and is batting .277. This might be a little premature.

Either way, Torres is the real deal and provides a spark to the already-potent Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders offense. They do have that guy Ruben Tejada after all.

Like Tyler Wade, who I’ll get to in a minute, Torres has shown flexibility in the infield this season. The 20-year-old has spent time at short, second and third.

The RailRiders can, and likely will go two ways with this. Infield No. 1: Mike Ford, 1B; Rob Refsnyder, 2B; Gleyber Torres, SS; Tyler Wade, 3B. Infield No. 2: Refsnyder, 1B; Torres, 2B; Wade, SS; Ruben Tejada, 3B.

Dustin Fowler is the prospect no one is talking about, but probably should. RailRiders outfielder Dustin Fowler is the Yankees’ No. 10 prospect. And he’s playing out of his mind this season.

Not only did he have a 12-game hitting streak at one point, and he hit for the cycle, but as of Sunday morning he co-leads the MiLB in triples with seven.

He has a great bat, trying to find the gaps to hit for triples and doubles, and can make all of the plays in the outfield. Fowler excels at every position in the outfield.

While Clint Frazier is the more-touted prospect, and rightfully so, Fowler is right behind him.

Tyler Wade is the Yankees’ Ben Zobrist of the future. Almost two months into the season, and the prospect to watch right now is Tyler Wade.

The 22-year-old leadoff man has played shortstop, second, third and each outfield position this season. Not to mention, his 12 steals is one off the pace for tops in Triple-A.

(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Wade is an exciting player to watch and has become one of the leaders in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre clubhouse. He’s more often than not out doing early work before batting practice.

And while he does struggle with errors from time-to-time, Wade has what it takes to excel at the next level.

Chance the Pitcher is the real deal. Yankees’ No. 8 prospect Chance Adams made his second start for the RailRiders on Friday, and he’s impressed.

Adams has four pitches and can control them well. The 22-year-old has been working on his confidence and the command of all of his pitches as of late – his changeup and his fastball in.

Veteran catcher Eddy Rodriguez compared Adams to Yankees reliever Adam Warren. If Adams can be anything like Warren, the Yankees will take it.

For all of my Yankees prospects and RailRiders coverage, visit timesleader.com.

Come back tomorrow for Ben Whitney and please follow us on Twitter at @ByDJEberle, @MeetTheMatts & @Matt_McCarthy00, Instagram @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

P.S. YES Network is currently working on a summer documentary series featuring the RailRiders called Homegrown: Path to Pinstripes. The second episode airs after Yankees postgame on Monday and yours truly has been told he will make an appearance. Set your DVRs!

Here’s a clip from the series premier.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University – until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he’s a regular on Rugby Wrap Up – his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it’s the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.

  • Cheesybruin

    Hey DJ, I’d like to know who is doing the drafting/acquiring of all this talent. Seems like an embarrassment of riches.

    • Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, Easy Bruin!

    • DJ Eberle

      It’s all Brian Cashman. They were able to get four top-20 prospects alone with the trades of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran last year.

  • First off, reports of our demise are premature. We are alive and kicking but do owe an apology to all of Mattville, paricularly the pundits, who were caught with their NY Knickers down, sans help from our MIA MTM Edit Staff. They have been appropriately reprimanded and are now back on the job!

    Why were we missing, you rightfully ask? The answer is not as simple as it may seem. Granted, Short Matt and key members of the organization were moonlighting for RugbyWrapUp.com in Kansas City – covering the High School Rugby National Championships, There was little access to the Information Superhighway for 3 days, due to overnight tornado-like winds and rain, which wiped it out. Short Matt was doing color commentary and/or play-by-play for 15 live-streamed matches, six solo, from a rickety scaffold… bleeding listeners’ ears aside, an organization of this size needs to overcome and provide this community with the best possible product!

    But that isn’t the whole story. In truth, while we are speaking of Missing Matz, the Mets’ freefall had Short Matt avoiding sports tickers – or any interaction outside of the rugby realm – because he needed to remain positive while doing live commentary for the youngsters… the Calamitous Mets freefall needed to be blocked out at all costs! Damn you, Flopping Familia, Muscles Syndergaard, Hapless Harvey, Unreliable Wright, Egregious Granderson, Teflon Terry and Sadsack Sandy!

    • AngryWard

      As always, make it about yourself.

      • GrindingAx

        Agreed. To top it off, he always finds the same, lame excuse of no web access. Not very credible. Did he say he did color commentary for HS Rugby?

        • buffalobilly84

          Mccarthy takes a lot of heat from you guys. Cut the guy a break – he plugged UB on the air – ha ha!

    • jgclancy

      what’s rubgy?

  • Different Matt

    Chance Adams and the Railriders sounds like a young adult adventure novel.

  • benwhit

    Heckuva catch by the Judge.

    For a second I thought you were saying Gleybar was going to the big club.

    • DJ Eberle

      God no haha

  • AngryWard

    I fail to see the humor in any of this… not that I’ve been even remotely funny lately. You should stick to your “Tanaka’s gonna win the Cy Young” shtick. That bit kills!

  • Junoir Blaber

    This is a Mets fan site, go away from here with this stuff.

    • vinny from brooklyn

      it is more like a yankee site

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