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Torres heating up for Cubs at Class A

Chicago's No. 6 prospect goes 4-for-5 to raise average to .352, hitting .538 in past eight games

Add Class A West Michigan to the list of teams that have tried and failed to stop Cubs No. 6 prospect Gleyber Torres. The South Bend shortstop went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI on Thursday afternoon, and is 15-for-28 (.538) over his past eight games.

Torres, who turned 18 in December, was effective last season (.297/.386/.440) after Chicago signed him, but his play has already impressed in a big way this year. The Venezuelan is now hitting .352/.446/.423 in 20 games, and has displayed fleet feet on the basepaths -- he stole his seventh bag of the season on Thursday.

His numbers are currently some of the best in Class A, most notably his batting average (.352) and OBP (.446).

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for
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