The Yankees are off to a great start to the season. The current season has entered the middle of June and the team has a record of 49-17. That record puts the team 32 games above 500. The team currently has the best record in baseball. One player the teams look at as making big contributions is second baseman, Gleyber Torres. Torres has been making big contributions while being overlooked.
Previous two seasons
Before this season Torres had two abysmal seasons. That was shocking because he had a nice rookie season in 2018 and an even better sophomore season in 2019. In 2018 he had a batting average of.271 with 24 home runs and 77 RBIs. A year later he had a batting average of .278 with 38 home runs and 90 RBIs. The 2019 season proved to the fans and organization that his rookie season was not just a fluke but a young player who can get better as he matures. Instead in the shortened 2020 season, he took a major step back.
In 2020 his batting average dropped to .243, with 3 home runs and 16 RBIs. It was shortened season but still, that was a tremendous drop-off. It did not get much better in the 2021 season when the team insisted he takes over as the starting shortstop. That decision seemed to really mess with his head because he made a ton of errors and he took those errors to the plate. He batted .259 with 9 home runs and 51 RBIs. The most noticeable difference for Torres in those past two seasons is his power completely dropped off. Comparing his 2019 season and 2021 season he dropped a total of 29 home runs. He clearly was not right at the plate the last two seasons.
Those last two seasons has put a sour taste in fans’ mouth. Fans were wondering if Torres would ever get back to his 2018 and 2019 seasons. Some fans felt that after the team acquired another shortstop this offseason if it was time to move on from Torres and package him for trade. That trade never came and Torres is trying to rediscover himself at second base this season.
Currently, Torres is hitting .267 with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs. So far this putting him on a much similar pass to the first two seasons of his career. Also now that his back at playing second base he seems much more confident. Torres is not making as many errors and is running the bases with confidence. One example of this is the first game of the most recent three-game set between the Rays he scored on an overthrow from outfielder Randy Arozarena. It seems like a no-doubter that he should have scored on that throw but Torres was alert and read that the throw immediately.
If Torres can keep playing like he is playing there is an argument that he is the Yankee’s most underrated player on the team. There is still a lot of seasons left but I think Torres can turn Yankees fans’ frowns back into smiles.