June 6, 2017
Guarding The Lines
Four Nights In Trenton With Gleyber Torres
-1.) Gleyber Torres first enters the back of my consciousness sometime in the spring or summer of 2013. He’s one of the biggest July 2 international free agents of that cycle, and the Cubs are one of the first teams to jump through the loophole in the old July 2 free agency rules and blow far past their international spending cap. The top-rated prospects of that class are Eloy Jimenez and Torres; the Cubs sign them both for seven figures each, plus dozens of others.
After an aggressive 2014 stateside assignment, Torres made his full-season debut in 2015 to rave reviews, but the Midwest League isn’t driveable, and Gleyber Torres isn’t the type of prospect you plan trips around quite yet. In 2016, though, the Cubs’ High-A affiliate is in the Carolina League, and I’m only a couple hours from Wilmington...
0.) The Myrtle Beach Pelicans come through Wilmington three times in 2016. The first time is Mother’s Day weekend, and that’s not a viable weekend trip for me. The second time is the weekend of the Baseball Prospectus event at Citi Field, so that’s a no go. But there’s a third trip in August that I circle on the calendar. Gleyber Torres is traded to the Yankees about a month before that trip, which is bad news for my immediate plans to see him, but great for future plans: he’ll almost certainly be ticketed for Double-A Trenton in 2017, just a little over a half-hour’s drive from me.