Yankee fans have had to watch Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman deal in the World Series. Painful, perhaps, but here comes the payoff:
Baseball America ranks the key youngsters the Yanks acquired in both deals as the No. 1 and No. 2 prospects in the club’s refreshed minor-league system. Gleyber Torres, acquired as part of the Chapman deal with the Cubs, is No. 1 while Clint Frazier, the big piece of the Miller trade with Cleveland, is No. 2.
“I’ve seen Gleyber. Gleyber’s a good baseball player, man,” Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon said on World Series media day earlier this week when discussing the Chapman trade. “That kid’s going to be really good. So you have to give up something to get something. But also our guys felt if we got Aroldis this year, we’d have a chance to be sitting here and answering this question, and they were right.”
Torres, who turns 20 in December, is currently batting .357 with a 1.221 OPS in the Arizona Fall League. He has three homers and seven RBI in his first eight games and was recently named the circuit’s player of the week.
After Frazier, the rest of BA’s top 10, which was released Friday, goes like this: OF Blake Rutherford, the club’s top pick in the 2016 draft, is No. 3, followed by INF Jorge Mateo, RHP James Kaprielian, 2015’s top choice, OF Aaron Judge, LHP Justus Sheffield, another piece in the Miller trade, RHP Chance Adams, OF Dustin Fowler and RHP Domingo Acevedo.
Clint Frazier is rated as the Yankees’ second-best prospect by Baseball America.
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Josh Norris, who ranked the Yanks’ prospects, wrote that Torres is special because of “his offensive potential.” Torres batted .270 with a .775 OPS in high Class A for both the Cubs and Yanks. He had 45 extra-base hits, including 11 home runs. Norris predicts Torres should begin next season at Double-A Trenton.
“At just 19 years old he already has excellent pitch recognition skills and has shown the ability to sort through breaking pitches in order to get to the fastball he desires,” Norris wrote. “Early in the season, Torres tried too hard to hit for power and got pull happy, but he showed the ability to adjust and got back to an all-fields approach. Evaluators believe Torres has the ability to hit for plus average and plus power, and this season showed pop to both corners.
“It’s evident in both games and batting practice, but Torres has an uncanny ability to put barrel of the bat on the baseball. To prove it, he opened his AFL campaign with a monster home run to the opposite field at Scottsdale Stadium.”
The 22-year-old Frazier, an outfielder, batted .263 with a .335 on-base percentage and .782 slugging in Double-A and Triple-A in the Indians system, plus time in Triple-A after the deal to the Yanks.
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