Why the Yankees won't call on Gleyber Torres ... yet

March, 20, 2017
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Gleyber TorresJustin K. Aller/Getty ImagesThe Yankees don't want to rush prized prospect Gleyber Torres, even though they need a replacement for injured shortstop Didi Gregorius early in the season.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Top prospect Gleyber Torres is the real deal, according to, well, everyone. He was the Arizona Fall League MVP. He is hitting .444 in his first major league camp. He seems as poised as, dare we say it, a young Derek Jeter.

So why, now that Didi Gregorius is hurt and will miss Opening Day (and then some), won’t Torres be in the lineup April 1? First and foremost, because GM Brian Cashman says so.

The New York Yankees do not want to put that onus on a 20-year-old, who, despite all his accomplishments, has not played above Class A. He has never played in cold weather, a hurdle the Yankees would like him to clear at Double-A Trenton -- not in the Bronx. All in all, they want to be careful.

The last thing the Yankees want to do is rush Torres, whom they acquired from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade. That is not to say Torres won’t be a Yankee this season. If he continues to play like he has played since the Yankees got him, there is a good chance that Torres will be up with the Yankees at some point in 2017.

It could be to replace a hurt or struggling Gregorius, Starlin Castro or Chase Headley. With Castro and Torres both able to play third, there are a lot of options. Torres just isn’t yet an option for Opening Day.

Tyler Wade, a prospect the Yankees are trying to turn into a Ben Zobrist, seems like a more likely candidate if the Yankees don't stick with Ronald Torreyes.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.335 7 27 31
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Judge 15
RBIA. Judge 30
RA. Judge 36
OPSA. Judge 1.109
WM. Pineda 5
ERAM. Pineda 3.35
SOM. Pineda 61