Ahhhhh Gleyber Torres….what a difference our 21-year old second baseman has made so far since getting called up to the big leagues on April 22nd. He has brought excitement, an extremely hot bat, and a certain lightheartedness to the clubhouse that has loosened up this team.
I mean look at the pure joy and excitement coming from him after Didi’s home run in the 10th inning against the Angels, the kid absolutely loves every second of it.
The Yankees are also loving his presence in the dugout, as they are 18-4 in the 22 games since he was called up.
To go along with his teenage-like excitement, Gleyber has also been backing it up with his play on the diamond.
So far, Torres has graded above average in all of the defensive categories across the board, and has looked like a natural at second base, despite playing shortstop for a majority of his career. Gleyber is a gifted athlete with smooth hands and outstanding natural instincts that, thus far have helped him translate his defensive ability to the other side of second.
The most exciting part of his game thus far though, has been his bat. Gleyber has always been an individual that scouts have marveled at, saying he has the chance to win a batting title at some point in his career and so far we have seen some of that upside. The Venezuelan product is currently hitting to the tune of a .329 AVG and a .390 OBP and he is hitting to all parts of the field.
His ability so far in clutch situations frankly, has been uncanny. According to baseball reference, Gleyber has gone 7-15 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI’s during what they consider high leverage situations; or any point in a game that is considered a turning point where the momentum can swing either way.
He has been coming up massive in big spots and honestly, the best way to get Yankees fans to like you is to do exactly that. This kid seems to have ice in his veins, whether it is coming up big against the Astros to take the lead in the 9th, or his walk-off three-run home run at home against Cleveland, he has been absolutely electric.
Torres has been doing all of this from the ninth spot in the batting order, and he has been able to help turn over the lineup on a nightly basis. As a baseball team, your nine-hole hitter is typically a player who is not very consistent at the plate, so for the Yankees, Gleyber’s ability to make contact has been a massive weapon.
The fact that this kid is only 21 years old is absolutely mind boggling, people his age are not supposed to be this good, this quick. The Yankees will have this kid under team control for the next seven seasons, and just adds to the embarrassment of riches the team already has.
Gleyber was acquired from the Cubs back in 2016 in a trade for Aroldis Chapman, and so far that trade has looked to be an absolute steal. Not only did they Yankees get their future second baseman, but they also signed the electric closer Chapman in the following offseason.
The effect Torres has had so far on the big league club has been one of the biggest storylines of the 2018 season, and there if he keeps producing at the level he has been, it will put the league on notice.