November 19, 2016 - Arizona Fall League (AzFL)
Scottsdale, Arizona - Scottsdale Scorpions shortstop Gleyber Torres (Yankees) is the recipient of the Arizona Fall League's 2016 Joe Black MVP Award.
The youngest MVP in Fall League history at 19 years of age, Torres, who hails from Caracas, VEN, led the AFL in batting (.403) and on-base percentage (.513).
He also ranked second in slugging percentage (.645) and fifth in total bases (40).
He was acquired by the Yankees on July 25, 2016 in a trade that sent 2011 Phoenix Desert Dog closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs.
The 6-1, 175-pound Torres currently is ranked as MLB.com's No. 17 overall prospect and No. 2 among Yankee prospects.
Torres is a three-year professional. He owns a .282 batting average in 301 games with 16 home runs, 163 RBI and 53 stolen bases.
He divided his 2016 season between High-A Myrtle Beach (Cubs) and High-A Tampa (Yankees). He hit a composite .270 with 11 homers, 66 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
Other Nominees - Other nominated players were Mesa Solar Sox third baseman Brian Anderson (Marlins), Glendale Desert Dogs1B Cody Bellinger (Dodgers), Salt River Rafters OF Jacoby Jones (Tigers), Peoria Javelinas shortstop Zach Vincej (Reds) and Surprise Saguaros OF Eric Wood (Pirates).
Joe Black MVP Award - The Arizona Fall League did not select an MVP during its first 10 seasons. In 2002, the league created the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award, named after former big league pitcher Joe Black, the 1952 National League rookie of the year.
Arizona Fall League Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award Recipients
2016 - Gleyber Torres (Yankees), SS, Scottsdale Scorpions
2015 - Adam Engel (White Sox), CF, Glendale Desert Dogs
2014 - Greg Bird (Yankees), 1B, Scottsdale Scorpions
2013 - Kris Bryant (Cubs), 3B, Mesa Solar Sox
2012 - Chris McGuiness (Rangers), 1B, Surprise Saguaros
2011 - Nolan Arenado (Rockies), 3B, Salt River Rafters
2010 - Dustin Ackley (Mariners), 2B, Peoria Javelinas
2009 - Grant Desme (Athletics), OF, Phoenix Desert Dogs
2008 - Tommy Hanson (Braves), RHP, Mesa Solar Sox
2007 - Sam Fuld (Cubs), OF, Mesa Solar Sox
2006 - Chip Cannon (Blue Jays), 1B, Phoenix Desert Dogs
2005 - Eric Duncan (Yankees), 3B, Grand Canyon Rafters
2004 - Chris Shelton (Tigers), DH, Grand Canyon Rafters
2003 - Jason Dubois (Cubs), OF, Mesa Solar Sox
2002 - Ken Harvey (Royals), 1B, Scottsdale Scorpions
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