Yes it stinks that he's not a Yankees prospect at the moment, but...
In some ways it's worth it just to see Torrens on an official MLB roster.
No Torrens probably won't make it out of spring training with the Padres, yes he could still come back to the Yankees, and yes he could still be claimed by another time by being placed on waivers before having a chance to return to the Yankees.
But you know what. Seeing Torrens in a position where he's that close is something. And it's clear that the Padres are serious about seeing what they have in Torrens. I doubt that they went out of their way to send cash and Josh VanMeter (SOURCE) to the Reds just to lose him before next March. Although it's still unclear how high the Padres are on Torrens (at least right now), they might send something back to the Yankees to keep him long term. We at least know that Torrens is now worth a double-A infielder and cash. I've heard that the Padres may try and keep him on the roster like how the Diamondbacks kept Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez on the roster a few years ago, we'll see. It all depends on what happens when Torrens reports to San Diego's training camp.
So my last post about Torrens going to San Diego was primarily about my thoughts. Now I'd like to share what Torrens himself thought of his Rule 5 selection. Thanks to Twitter I managed to find one Marcos Grunfeld who interviewed Torrens. He's followed by Torrens' official Twitter and Torrens' father so he's legit.
Also heads up, I'm going to embed Tweets written in Spanish. My Spanish stinks so I've translated these Tweets into English using Google Translate. If any of you have better translations, I'd be happy to change them.
Luis Torrens, escogido hoy en draft de regla V: "Estaba entrenando y cuando llegué, veo muchos mensajes en mi teléfono y dije qué es esto"— Marcos Grunfeld M. (@bvenezolano) December 8, 2016
Luis Torrens, picked today in draft rule V: "I was training and when I arrived, I see many messages on my phone and I said what this is."
Luis Torrens: "Me habían dicho que tenía chance de ser escogido pero no me lo esperaba porque he jugado poco".— Marcos Grunfeld M. (@bvenezolano) December 8, 2016
Luis Torrens: "I was told that I had a chance to be chosen but I did not expect it because I played little."
Torrens: "Me han gustado los Yankees toda la vida pero desde que uno entra aquí, te dicen que esto es un negocio y uno quiere estar en MLB"— Marcos Grunfeld M. (@bvenezolano) December 8, 2016
Torrens: "I've liked the Yankees all my life but since one comes in here, they tell you this is a business and you want to be in MLB."
Luis Torrens: "Si los Padres me eligieron sabiendo mi historial es porque me conocen y me quieren con ellos"— Marcos Grunfeld M. (@bvenezolano) December 8, 2016
Luis Torrens: "If the Padres chose me knowing my history is because they know me and want me with them."
There were some more interesting tweets and there is a full interview somewhere but unfortunately I was unable to access the link.
Still, I'm glad I was able to get Torrens' perspective on this experience. I'm sure he's feeling a whirlwind of emotions now that he's on a faster track to the big leagues (you know, as opposed to in the Yankees org). Whether or not he's ready is debatable (he's not), but it's nice to see anyway. As you can see Torrens is really humble about being picked at all even though he's Torrens.
Based on this whole thing I can say three things without a doubt.
1). Torrens was coveted. You don't get picked second overall in any baseball draft for nothing. Even with the injury history, teams were in on his massive potential and high caliber talent.
2). Torrens' trade value at least has a floor now. Torrens was traded for cash and an infielder on the verge of making it to double-A. If the Padres want to start making a package to send to NYY to keep Torrens, that's where they can start. Where it goes is a mystery.
3). Former Yankee Cesar Vargas is on the San Diego Padres roster. And that makes me think even more positively about the Padres.
You know what, Torrens on the Padres isn't bad at all. I hope it continues.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).