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.
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.
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.
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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.