Gleyber Torres, after starting his career with back-to-back All-Star selections, hasn’t been an everyday player for the Yankees in 2022.
After driving in all five runs in Wednesday’s win over the Blue Jays, including a three-run home run to the opposite field, Brandon Tierney says it’s time for that to change, and Torres should return to an everyday role.
“Gleyber is a young kid who was an ascending star and then an afterthought, and I thought he should have been shipped out in a trade…to now seemingly rediscovering his old stroke the other way and now becoming a more complete player,” Tierney said during Thursday’s show. “I can’t mess around with Torres: playing, sitting, play, sit. Gleyber Torres has to play eight of the next nine games and you’ve got to mix and match with Donaldson as the DH.”
It was a rough two years for Torres, who struggled to keep balls off the ground, then struggled at shortstop after Brian Cashman called out his physical shape. But Torres hasn’t complained about his role with the team this year, even after being left out of the Opening Day starting lineup, and instead, has begun to show the stroke he boasted in 2018 and 2019, posting the lowest ground ball rate of his career.
Just as importantly, he has been ready when his number is called, has come through in big spots, and could get even better if he gets more reps.
“When your mechanics are flawed and you lose confidence, you lose confidence cross the board,” Tierney said. “But even on Opening Day with the pinch hit sac fly, he showed it.
“He didn’t hustle down the line last year. I think there’s an association with Torres that he’s lazy, he’s disconnected, he’s not all in. if you’re not all in, you don’t flourish in a role in a sport where it’s advantageous to play every night…he’s showing some resilience that many of us didn’t think he necessarily had.”