The New York Yankees breezed past the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series, sweeping them in the five-game set. They were ready to play from the get-go, scoring 23 runs in just three contests. Now, although there were many different guys who did their part offensively, 22-year old Gleyber Torres, without a doubt, led the way for the Bronx Bombers. In just his second big-league season, the former top prospect hit .278 with 38 home runs and 90 RBIs in the regular season. Surrounded by big-time power bats like Gary Sanchez, Edwin Encarnacion, and Aaron Judge, among others, Torres led the Yankees in home runs. He’s quickly becoming a franchise player in the Bronx and an all-around big leaguer who can get it done both offensively and defensively.
Torres has continued to terrorize opposing arms in this postseason. He hit .417 against the Twins, going 5-for-12 with a home run and four RBIs. Four out of his five hits were for extra bases, smashing three doubles along with a solo bomb in Game 3 to get the scoring going for New York. In Game 1 at Yankee Stadium, Torres was responsible for three of New York’s 10 runs, grounding into a force out and lacing a two-run double.
At just 22, you would think that the bright lights of postseason baseball might be a little nerve-racking for Torres. It has been the exact opposite. He plays the game with passion and drive, and it’s evident by the quality at-bats he has put together that Torres loves the big moment. Defensively, he has been stellar. Torres makes all the routine plays but also makes even the tough ones look easy. For example, this gem where he robbed Eddie Rosario of a hit and an RBI in shallow right field, then made a strong throw for the out:
— Yankee Bandwagon (@YankeeBandwagon) October 9, 2019
This kid is the real deal.
A Born Gamer
Since Torres made his big-league debut last April, he has been hitting consistently at the major-league level, while giving the Yankees the versatility to play both middle infield positions. Torres hit .271 with 24 home runs in 123 games last season, just 21 contests less than this year. From the moment he arrived at Yankee Stadium, it was known that the Yankees had a star in the making. He has made the All-Star game in two straight years as well, proving to be one of the best middle infielders in the game.
Sure, the Yankees have a lot of weapons in their lineup who can change the game with one swing of the bat. But Gleyber Torres has proved all season long and most recently in the postseason that he’s one of their most dangerous and clutch hitters. So what that he’s 22. Torres lives for these moments. Expect him to continue to play a huge part in New York’s success in the heat of October baseball.