Report: Luis Torrens Could Miss 2015 Season With A Shoulder Injury

I was going to wait until the severity of the injury was confirmed to write this, but after sleeping on it I realized I don't expect the news to be good today anyway so why bother waiting on it?  If the news was better, the Yankees probably wouldn't be waiting to make a formal announcement. The bad news, via Chad Jennings, is that A-ball catching prospect Luis Torrens has suffered another injury to his right shoulder.  The Yankees are in the "still gathering info" stage of dealing with the injury, so there's a chance it isn't season-ending, but there were plenty of rumors out there yesterday saying it was.  That Billy Eppler is involved already and was the one talking to Jennings suggests that it's pretty serious.

Torrens missed a few months this past season after suffering a shoulder strain very early in the Low-A season.  When he returned from the DL he was sent to SS Staten Island, where he hit .270/.327/.405 in 202 PA and continued to impress everybody with his natural hitting skills and how quickly he took to full-time catching.  He's been a unanimous top 10 organizational prospect this offseason, and he came in tied for 8th on the 2015 IIATMS Top 30.

Torrens established himself as the next big name in the Yankees' recent stretch of finding and developing solid catching prospects in 2014.  He's already highly-regarded for the defensive skill set he's shown at age 18, and his solid hitting approach has some scouts believing he could develop into an above-average hitting catcher as well.  2015 was supposed to be his take 2 in a full-season league and it would have been an important step in his development.  To lose any significant chunk of time this year would be a huge blow to Torrens and a disappointing start to the 2015 prospect season.  The fact that it's a second injury to his throwing shoulder in less than a calendar year is also unsettling as it relates to his long-term path.