Ronald Torreyes used to be a part of the Cincinnati Reds farm system. Back in 2010 he was a 17-year-old making his professional debut in the now defunct Venezuelan Summer League. He made a laughing stock out of the league, hitting .390/.468/.606 with 23 walks, 23 steals, and 11 strikeouts. It was so impressive that the organization brought him stateside late in the year where he hit .349 for the Arizona League Reds over a three week span. He finished the years final week in the Midwest League with the Dayton Dragons. He returned to Dayton the next year and hit .356. After the season he was traded, along with Dave Sappelt and Travis Wood to the Chicago Cubs for Sean Marshall. Since then he’s been in the Astros, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Angels, and Yankees organizations.
Since 2015 he’s seen part in the Major Leagues in each season. Over the last three seasons, all with the Yankees, he’s racked up 607 plate appearances and hit .281/.308/.374. What Ronald Torreyes does well is make contact. He’s only struck out in 13% of his Major League plate appearances in his career. The last two seasons he’s hit .292 and .280. But, he also doesn’t walk much – just 13 walks over the last two seasons where he’s accumulated 438 plate appearances.
In the field, Ronald Torreyes has played second base, third base, and shortstop in the Major Leagues. He’s even gotten into right field for a total of five innings. He’s a utility player, not someone that looks like a future starter. And he’ll be 26-years-old next year – young, but proven in this kind of role.
For the Cincinnati Reds, does it make sense to pick him up? I will argue that it does. Looking at the 2019 projected roster, there’s not a backup shortstop on it to begin the year. Blake Trahan isn’t likely to make the team. Alex Blandino will likely still be recovering from knee surgery. The team has a clear need for a utility infielder on the roster. Ronald Torreyes isn’t a big, flashy name or player, but he would certainly fit well with what the team needs.