The word “adequate” could be thrown a lot with Torreyes. He is adequate at making contact, adequate at running the bases, and adequate enough overall to be slightly above replacement level. That’s all you’re asking from Torreyes with that sort of contract - to be worth a couple runs (0.2 WAR) above some AAA scrub.
However, let’s take a deeper look at Torreyes’ batting profile. This is a .281 career hitter. Yes, that’s an empty batting average, but that is not nothing. In his career, he’s made contact with 91.5% of pitches he’s swung at in the zone. He’s also made contact with 77.5% of pitches swung at outside of the zone. Torreyes hits the ball. He doesn’t hit it far, but he hits it.
The real problem with Torreyes is that he also swings at over 40% of the pitches he sees out of the zone. Yes, he makes contact on a lot of them. But the best you’re going to hope for with his anemic career .094 ISO (Slugging Percentage minus Batting Average, which is a measure for raw power) are a bunch of singles.
With Torreyes’ steady, if not spectacular glove, hitting .280/.310/.375 is going to keep you on a Major League baseball roster. But last year, he had a 15.7% strikeout rate and only a 2% walk rate. That’s not good. However, this is where things could turn around. If Torreyes can just take a few more pitches out of the zone, he’s going to get better pitches to hit. This is a guy who had a 6-7% walk rate in the minor leagues. If he gets back to that sort of plate discipline, his contact skills alone are enough to make him a .290 hitter, as we’ve seen in the past.
Torreyes could end up being a really solid utility infielder going forward. He’s not turning 27 until September 2019. The Twins are probably hoping that they get the guy the Yankees always hoped that Torreyes would be: a steady 1.0 - 1.5 WAR utility infielder that get can hot and anchor the bottom of the lineup. He’s got two more years of team control through arbitration, and guys like Torreyes don’t get pricey. This is a great signing that could prove to be great for both sides.