There’s an old adage among scouts that states that prospect development isn’t linear. While it’s tempting to project talented prospects to follow a straightforward path to the top, the reality is that so many players suffer through fits and stops, twists and turns that threaten to derail them on their journey.
That adage hasn’t applied to Gleyber Torres. Outside of suffering an elbow injury that ended his season early a couple years ago, Torres has completely stuck to the script. He burst onto the scene as one of the game’s top prospects in the Cubs’ system in 2016, tore through the upper minors with the Yankees in 2017, and stood out as one of the game’s very best rookies upon his debut in the majors last year.
The goal entering 2019 was for Torres to continue to follow that linear, upward path by establishing himself as a clear young All-Star. He succeeded.
2019 Statistics: 144 games, 604 plate appearances, .278/.337/.535, 38 home runs, 90 RBI, 125 wRC+, 3.6 fWAR
2020 Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible
Coming off a strong rookie campaign, there were no obvious areas of weakness for Torres to work on. Instead, Torres just needed to get a tad…