Yanks lose No. 2 MLB prospect Torres for year

Gleyber Torres, the Yankees’ top prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of this season after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left (non-throwing) elbow during a collision at home plate in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s game on Saturday.

Torres, who was trying to score from second on a hit and made an awkward slide into home, briefly remained on the ground before walking off the field alongside the trainer.

Torres, 20, got off to a fast start this season and hit .273 in 32 games with Double-A Trenton before he was promoted to Triple-A on May 22, where he has continued to excel.

Torres is hitting .309 through 23 games with the RailRiders, including a 3-for-4 effort on Friday. He also has hits in nine of his past 10 games. The Yanks acquired Torres from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade last season.

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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