Signed at the age of 16 on July 2, 2012, the Yankees knew they would move Luis Torrens from his previous position in the infield to behind the plate. In his first season as a catcher Torrens impressed many, throwing out an amazing 45% of base stealers in 2013 with the Gulf Coast League Yankees and working with some power-arms like current top prospect Luis Severino and his 2014 Staten Island team mate Rony Bautista.
In his first season as professional Torrens hit just .241 with 42 hits, 7 doubles a homerun and 14 RBIs for the Gulf Coast League Yankees. He also stole two bases. The Yankees were so impressed with him that they aggressively moved him to Signle-A Charleston to start the 2014 season but a shoulder- strain cost him a significant part of the season. After spending five games back in the GCL to rehab he was assigned to the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League.
With the Baby Bombers Torrens earned praise from coaches, scouts and fans. He put on a show hitting in 21-consecutive games and even earning a spot in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. Torrens batted .270 in 48 games for Staten Island after fatigue set in after the All-Star break in August but that did not stop him from continuing to impress. Yankees coaches praised his communication ability with pitchers, even though there is a language barrier when he worked with many of the American players. He demonstrated a strong work-ethic and was willing to learn and make himself better every day.
Torrens poses a quick release to go along with a strong and accurate arm that makes him a threat to throw out many baserunners throughout the season. He plays a physically demanding position and his newness to it explains the fatigue he experienced at the end of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Don’t be surprised to see him turn that around fast, as he is one of the hardest workers in the farm system.
Offensively Torrens projects to be a similar-type of hitter to fellow Yankees catching prospect John Ryan Murphy but with more power. He is still growing and getting stronger, once he fills into his body he will develop the power to turn many of his line drives to the outfield into homeruns.
For 2015 Luis will head to the Charleston RiverDogs where he will be their regular backstop but do not rule out a mid-season promotion to Tampa if he continues his fast-pace development.