Friday, May 2, 2014

Ronald Torreyes is really young and quite good.

Ronald Torreyes is the third youngest player in AAA, behind Javier Baez (Cubs, 1 Dec 1992) and Jose Ramirez (Indians, 17 Sept 1992).  Ramirez had a cup of coffee last year, but returned to AAA this year, and Baez... gets a lot of press because he seems awesome.

Torreyes' birthday is 2 Sept 1992.

Ramirez is a switch hitting second-baseman with the Columbus Clippers.  He is currently raking to the tune of .319/.365/.484 in 105 PA, with a .301 BABIP.  He has walked 11 times (2 intentional) and struck out 8 times.  His wRC+ is 132.  Interestingly, he also raked in his cup of coffee last year: .333/.429/.500, with an unsustainable .400 BABIP, but worth a wRC+ of 162.

Javier Baez has missed some games (ankle sprain), only getting 62PA.  He is a RHB SS in the Cubs system with fantastic power, but is having a wee look at second base as well at AAA.  And he has struggled: .172/.238/.379.  He has a .212 BABIP,  and has stuck out 22 times versus 4 walks.  He has a wRC+ of 57.  Most prospect mavens expect that to change for the better.

Torreyes is listed at 5-10 (closer to 5-7, however), and is a right-handed hitting second baseman.  He has 105 plate appearances, and is currently hitting .313/.353/.427 on a .319 BABIP.  His game is all about the contact, as evidenced by his striking out 4 times - versus 4 walks, and two HBP's (both in the last two days).  His wRC+ is 108.

Does Torreyes deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the other two??  Probably not.  But as this stupid fantasy article mentions, he has one excellent minor league season under his belt, and despite making crazy contact, he drives the ball well, posting good isolating slugging percentages for a middle-infielder.

The comparisons with the other two Sept-1992-and-onward players notwithstanding, his age and his performance at the current level is interesting.  Age is some of what got Carlos Correa the number-1 pick in 2012, and what got the Angels to grab Mike Trout when they had the chance when his numbers seems a little flat.  They were both playing a year above their respective levels, and doing better than holding their own.

And as Carson Cistulli noted in the article that got me interested in Torreyes' age:
"it’s also true that when a prospect is asked to contend with much older talent, that’s usually a sign of a future major-league career"
Bears watching.