Friday, February 12, 2016

TGP Top 29 Prospects List - #18 Luis Torrens

What a difference a year can make in someone's life, especially the life of a prospect inside a Major League Baseball farm system. Last season Luis Torrens was listed as my 10th best prospect on my Top 28 Prospects List for Prospects Month 2015 but he has fallen all the way down to the 18th slot this season. Why? Well Torrens underwent a torn labrum surgery in his throwing shoulder and missed the entire season, sound familiar?

At one point Torrens was considered to be the best catcher inside the Yankees farm system, the same farm system that included John Ryan Murphy and Gary Sanchez at the time. Torrens turns just 20-years old in May of this year and has gotten clearance by doctors to start throwing and working out with his eye on the prize for the 2016 season.Torrens seemed to be on the fast track before the injury reaching the Charleston Riverdogs in just his second professional season.

The Yankees will likely be slow with Torrens this season and probably won't let him get past Tampa but New York knows a thing or two about catchers and torn labrum surgeries. Their starting catcher, Brian McCann, is proof positive that a catcher can recover from the injury and still control the running game and hit home runs. Torrens has youth on his side and youth and aggression, no matter what older people tell you kids, sometimes is a match for experience and wisdom. Especially when it comes to health.

With a strong 2016 showing Torrens could easily be back in the Top 10 on my list for Prospects Month 2017.

18. Luis Torrens
19. Cale Coshow
20. Chance Adams
21. Miguel Andujar
22. Jonathan Holder
23. Tyler Wade
24. Nick Rumbelow
25.Jordan Montgomery
26.Trey Amburgey
27. Ben Gamel
28. Austin DeCarr
29. Thairo Estrada
30. James Pazos


  1. I am still waiting for this guy to make it to AAA and become the starting catcher for the Yankees. I think I would feel better with him as my catcher for years to come as Sanchez may outgrow the catcher spot.
    Gary has more power and arm but the rest of his game has been suspect, plus he carries a lot of weight on his frame. I don't know how much he has or will improve in his catching skills but, he has some nice offensive tools and a god awful arm.

    1. Torrens would likely be pushing AAA right about now if he didn't miss the entire season with shoulder surgery. Losing an entire year of development in your 20's is tough for a kid. He'll be fine though, I hope.


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