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Didi cool with playing between pair of rookies

Yanks SS assisting prospects Andujar, Torres; Florial on the rise
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TAMPA, Fla. -- As touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres pursue a place on the Yankees' Opening Day roster, shortstop Didi Gregorius has no concerns about the possibility of being sandwiched between a pair of rookies in the infield.

"I don't think there are going to be any challenges," Gregorius said. "I talk to them all the time and say, 'Just play the same way you played in the Minor Leagues.' That's what got you here. You don't have to change anything. Just be yourself and play the game the right way, and everything will settle out."

TAMPA, Fla. -- As touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres pursue a place on the Yankees' Opening Day roster, shortstop Didi Gregorius has no concerns about the possibility of being sandwiched between a pair of rookies in the infield.

"I don't think there are going to be any challenges," Gregorius said. "I talk to them all the time and say, 'Just play the same way you played in the Minor Leagues.' That's what got you here. You don't have to change anything. Just be yourself and play the game the right way, and everything will settle out."

Yankees Spring Training information

The Yankees have vacancies at second and third base, with Andujar, Torres, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade vying for roles, along with non-roster invitees Danny Espinosa and Jace Peterson. Andujar is solely viewed as a third baseman, while the others will move among second base, third base and shortstop. However, the Yanks acquired third baseman Brandon Drury from the D-backs on Tuesday in a three-team trade that also included the Rays.

"I'm trying to contain my excitement, because I'm really excited about them," manager Aaron Boone said of Andujar and Torres. "I think they're both going to be tremendous players. I really do. I love who they are. They come to work and you can tell they enjoy being out on the baseball field. You can tell they're confident in their ability, the way they move around, yet there's a humility about both of them. I think they have a chance to be really, really impact players for a long time in the big leagues."

Andujar, 22, appeared briefly in the Majors last season, going 4-for-7 (.571) with two doubles and four RBIs. While scouts believe that his bat is close to big league-ready, coming off a Minor League campaign in which he hit .315/.352/.498 at Double-A and Triple-A, Andujar has been huddling with infield coach Carlos Mendoza to improve his glove work at the hot corner.

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"Defensive drills, practicing and consistency is the key for me, and working hard like I do every day," Andujar said through an interpreter.

Torres, the Yankees' top prospect and the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline, is participating in full workouts coming off season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in June.

General manager Brian Cashman said that the 21-year-old Torres was heading for a big league callup last year, when he hit .287/.383/.480 in 55 games at Double-A and Triple-A.

Though the Yankees could delay Torres' free agency an extra year if they stash him in the Minors for an extra 16 days, Cashman has said that service time will not be part of the equation in evaluating Torres' spring.

Video: Quick Hits: Torres and Andujar

"I just want to help my team, try to play defense and hit," Torres said. "If I get an opportunity to play there the first day, of course I'll put in my 100 percent. If not, I'll stay focused and I'll stay humble, and we'll see what happens after that."

Rising fast

Estevan Florial's name has consistently appeared near the top of the Yankees' Minor League rankings, and the organization is eager to get the five-tool center fielder on the field during big league camp this spring.

"His potential is real," Boone said. "He's one of those guys we view as a very high-ceiling kid. Hopefully, we can get him out there quite a bit and help him to take a step in the process of being comfortable in that clubhouse and being around some impactful big-time stars. I think it's going to go a long way in helping him with his development, and I think you'll see him playing quite a bit early in games."

Video: Top Prospects: Estevan Florial, OF, Yankees

Florial, 20, is the second-highest ranked Yankees prospect on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, and the team's top outfield prospect. He hit .297/.373/.483 in 91 games at Class-A Charleston, earning a promotion to Class A Tampa, where he hit .303/.368/.461 in 19 games before participating in the Arizona Fall League.

As he settles into his first big league camp, Florial said that he is looking forward to playing alongside the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

"When you hear about those guys, you want to be around them as much as you can so you can learn," Florial said. "It's really good to meet all those guys here, all those great players around here. To try to learn from them, it's a great experience. I'm very happy about it."

Florial said that he is working with the coaching staff to reduce his strikeouts after fanning 148 times in 420 at-bats last season. Florial has been projected to make the big leagues by 2020.

"I'm not going to say I need one year or two years," Florial said. "That decision, I'll leave it to the GM. They'll know when I'm ready for it."

He said it

"How do I think he's going to fit in? Good. ... Have you seen his Instagram?" - Gregorius, on Stanton

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar, Estevan Florial, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres