A name New York Yankees fans haven't heard till now is Luis Torrens. The 17 year old was signed for $1.3 million in 2012 out of Venezuela originally as a shortstop. New York quickly decided to convert him to catcher and that moved paid dividends quickly. In 2013 playing for the Gulf Coast Yankees he led the rookie league throwing out 45 percent of base stealers.
The Yankees know he has the aptitude to handle the most cerebral position on the field. His intelligence and his work ethic will help him succeed as a premium backstop. Luis has the quick release and has mastered the footwork behind the plate, which usually takes a long time for youngsters to develop.
Torrens is not just a one dimensional player his offensive skills are just as impressive at such a young age. Scouts feel he has an excellent hitting approach, bat speed, pitch recognition ability and raw strength with the ability to hit to all fields and in the gaps. He draws walks, can hit for average and has power down the lines.
In 48 games in the Gulf Coast League he had 42 hits with 14 RBIs and 27 walks. If Torrens continues to improve he will quickly move through the Yankees farm system. At 6'0" and 170 he has the size to handle the position.
Luis is the most athletic of all the catchers in the Yankee system, probably because he spent most of his time at shortstop before being signed by New York.
The Yankees catching depth is quite well documented with Gary Sanchez, John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine at the top of the list. The signing of McCann will allow these prospects to take their time making their mark and learning the craft of catching.
Torrens may start back in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, but a move to Staten Island during the season is not out of the question. His projected ETA to the Majors is 2017 and like we have said so many times all has to go as planned for a prospect to make it in the big leagues as projected.
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