As it was reported yesterday, Yankees catching prospect Luis Torrens underwent testing on his injured right shoulder. Today it was announced that the 19-year-old will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. According to a team email, the surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and will cost him the entire 2015 season.
Torrens already dealt with a shoulder injury last year when he missed over two months of the 2014 season. He struggled early on in his time with the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs before disappearing from games between mid-April to mid-June when he was reassigned to short season Staten Island after a brief rehab stint in the GCL. As an 18-year-old in the Sally League, the assignment was pretty aggressive, so you can't be too disappointed by his struggles in the small sample size. After returning from the injury, he seemed to be perfectly fine as he hit .337/.378/.500 through the end of July, though he eventually leveled off to hit .270/.327/.405 in the New York-Penn League for the year. It seemed his troubles were behind him until now suddenly things have moved in the complete opposite direction.
This is incredibly disappointing news for the prospect tabbed for a breakout year by many around baseball and is considered to be the organization's top catching prospect. Luckily he's so young that a missed year will only make him 20 years old by 2016, meaning his prospect status s far from over. He will miss precious development time, but as long as he gets right it shouldn't be too bad. Let's hope we get better results from Gary Sanchez this year so the loss of Torrens won't feel so bad.