Shoulder injury shelves Torrens for 2015

Yankees catching prospect to miss season with torn labrum

Luis Torrens has thrown out 41 percent of attempted basestealers in his Minor League career (Cliff Welch/

By Jake Seiner / | March 3, 2015 5:05 PM

Luis Torrens will have to wait a little longer to get a second chance at full-season ball.

The Yankees No. 10 prospect will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to miss the entire 2015 season, the Yankees announced Tuesday.

New York signed Torrens out of Venezuela for $1.3 million in 2012. After playing in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2013, Torrens opened 2014 with Class A Charleston, but played just nine games in April before being removed from the RiverDogs' roster. He had a .154 average at the time. He returned to the GCL in June, then jumped to short-season Staten Island a week later.

The 18-year-old hit .270 with a .732 OPS at Staten Island and earned a spot on the New York-Penn League All-Star team. The backstop threw out 42 percent of attempted basestealers on the circuit and drew raves for his arm and defense.

"Torrens has a strong arm, and he already has developed the footwork and release to make the most of it," the Prospect Pipeline team wrote.

Jake Seiner is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter at @Jake_Seiner. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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