Monday, February 22, 2016

Torrenator 2K16

The 2016 Minor League Baseball season is set to start roughly six weeks from now. Different prospects face different challenges coming into this season. Some will have to live up to heightened expectations after a positive 2015, some will have to reestablish themselves after a negative 2015, others will have to do a little of both.

Photo Credit: Me ;)

Obviously one of the players I'll be keeping an eye on is blog hero and the savior of the New York Yankees franchise, Luis Torrens.

Luis Alfonso Saez Torrens is set to return to baseball action after spending the entire 2015 season on the shelf due to a major shoulder surgery. People inside the Yankees organization and people close to Torrens have both said that he is ready to pick up where he left off in 2014, on the path to greatness.

In the February 12-26 2016 edition of Baseball America, Gary Denbo (the Yankees' senior VP of Player Development) spoke highly of Torrens and the progress he's made during his year away from the diamond.


Torrens made the most of his year off by spending it preparing his body for the hardships of a full season on your knees and learning English. RESPECT THE HUSTLE!

Torrens will likely begin the 2016 season in Charleston. Chances are he'll get a chance to catch some of the other top prospects in the Yankees organization like Domingo Acevedo (remember that name) and Jeff Degano. Who knows, he might even catch the likes of Ian Clarkin, Drew Finley and Luis Cedeno.

With luck and Torrens' natural talent it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see Torrens up in high-A Tampa by the end of the season either.

Still, there are a few concerns about Torrens (that I have) heading into the season.

Big thanks to Waiting 'til Next Year for the awesome LUIIIIISSSSSSSSSSS drink coasters

The biggest issue is Torrens' shoulder, obviously, since that's the part of his body he had surgery on. Before the surgery Torrens drew a lot of praise for his ability to gun down runners and for his strong arm. However, before the surgery there were some visible warning signs. After all he did miss roughly two months of action early in the 2014 season when those shoulder issues first started.
So yeah the shoulder and how it holds up will be the main thing that scouts, talent evaluators and obsessed fanboys like myself will be keeping an eye on all season.

But I'm hoping for the best. That arm was an absolute cannon and there is a chance that a year off and Torrens' new body strength helped the shoulder not only recover but get better. Yeah, yeah, wishful thinking I know but be darned if I'm just going to focus on the negatives and question marks all the time.

Photo Credit: Me Again ;)

I suppose that there are concerns about Torrens' stamina. Although Torrens had a very great 2014 season, he did show signs of slowing down as the season drew to a close. The thing scouts and fans wanted to see the most in 2015 was how Torrens would fare across an entire season of minor league ball and whether his body would hold up. One way or another we'll get our answer a year later in 2016.

That said, the fact that Torrens is older and the way his body appears to be more developed now than it was in 2014 gives me great hope. By pure logic there should be a pretty good chance that his body is more ready for the rigorous challenge of a full season than it was two years ago.
And yes I know that logic doesn't always apply to baseball but hey, I'm trying to be positive over here ;).

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Torrens has a lot to prove in 2016 but I'm sure he'll do his best to make up for lost time. That said, keep in mind that by the end of the season he still won't be legally old enough to drink alcohol in the US (he turns 20 this May) so he is still ahead of the curve by a considerable margin.

Seeing as how this will be his first season back in action after I dedicated my blog to him, I'm thinking of implementing a segment I've been planning since last year where I track Torrens' progress on possibly a daily basis. I'll have to get back to you all on that.

Anyway, this is all a very exciting time. Spring has sprung (in FL and AZ), both the major league and minor league opening days are on the horizon, and we're another day closer to the return of the Torreantor. If you're not on the Yankees be afraid, be very afraid.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

6 comments:

  1. Great write-up on a blog legend. I look forward to reading more about LUISSSSSS in 2016.
    Playing baseball day in and day out cab be really hard on the body, especially catchers. I still don't know how Salvador Perez catches so many games. Good luck, Luis!

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    1. Well in Salvador Perez's case I'm sure his large hulking body just blocks every pitch thrown his way.

      And thanks again for the coasters PTT. Sorry it took so long to blog about them but I wanted to showcase them in a really important post.

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  2. I'm excited to see him back out there. I just want him to stay healthy. I'm not worried about his numbers. Just stay healthy. He still has age on his side.

    Those coasters are awesome!

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    1. I'd like to see him survive the year healthy as well.

      And thanks TLC, PTT did a great job on them.

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  3. Just a matter time before he is a Pirate..... :)

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