Yankees observations after Gleyber Torres' debut

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Gleyber Torres, one of baseball's most highly touted young prospects, is being called up by the Yankees, according to multiple reports. "[Bringing him up] is something we've had conversations about over the last week, about when would be the right time".

Torres overcame his initial disappointment about getting sent down in March and quickly started hitting. "Any opportunity, I'll take the same approach for that and I'll do my job", Torres said. "He's an aggressive hitter kind of because he can handle so many pitches in the strike zone, but I think he's settling in a little bit and getting a little more comfortable, and hopefully he can continue to contribute with his bat". That's what I feel. Make room for "El Papa".

A similar rally was started in the eighth inning when Torres led off, punching his first career hit into center field. "He is good already". As predicted, Harvey doesn't appear to be taking the news particularly well, going so far as to tell Callaway that the decision has him "at a 10 with being pissed off" and that he's motivated to prove himself as a starter.

Stanton compared Torres' swing to the Cubs' Javier Baez.

"For my name to be in the same sentence as those guys, it means a lot", Andujar said through an interpreter.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got its first three batters of the ninth inning on base and after a sacrifice fly from Mike Ford and an RBI putout from Avelino, but the rally fell just short when Billy Fleming struck out to end it. But the Yankees hope that calling up Torres from Triple A on Saturday will provide a jolt before they fall much farther behind the sizzling Red Sox in the American League East.

"What's always impressed me is his approach offensively, " said Bird, who was rehabbing his shoulder at the time.

"I think weather has something to do with it", Gregorius said, referencing the chilly temperatures that had been following the Yankees all season. He's not tall, but he's thick and has opposite-field power.

Torres can play all over the infield, but for now Boone said the club plans to play him on a regular basis at second base, which has been a problem spot this season. Good breaking balls, he'll chase. just like everybody else.

And Boone is confident he's here to stay - despite not having one particular skill that sets him apart.

"I don't worry about any of that stuff", Andujar said through a translator. His baseball IQ and baseball clock [are impressive]. "He's really good defensively at all three positions".

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