When asked if the Yankees will promote top prospect Gleyber Torres to the majors this week, manager Aaron Boone said, “Possible? Yes. Likely? Not necessarily,” Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.
If they wanted to, the Yankees could promote Torres on April 18 with full knowledge they will have an extra year of contractual control. That extra year of control is why Torres and other top prospects like Ronald Acuna of the Braves started the season in the minors, and it’s why other players like Kris Bryant had slightly delayed starts as well.
According to MLB Pipeline, Torres in the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect and No. 5 overall in baseball. The Yankees acquired Torres when Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs ahead of the 2016 trade deadline. In his first nine games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start the 2018 season, Torres has hit .389/.410/.583 with a home run and 10 RBI in 39 plate appearances.
Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.
Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.
Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.