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'Locking up' Gleyber's classic offseason work key

‘ Classic Offseason Work key ; locked in ; Gleyber

In addition to his bat, Yankees infielder makes an impact on bases as AL’s SBs co-leader

NEW YORK – When Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres volunteered for Venezuela’s winter ball game this past offseason – dressed in strange Leones del Caracas in the black and yellow jersey – He has a simple goal: “Don’t strike out too often.”

Torres believes the offseason work, plus the extra hits representing his home country in the World Baseball Classic, is He’s ready for a red-hot start to the season. Torres was hitting balls, hitting home runs, stealing bases all the time.

As ace Gerrit Cole said after Wednesday’s win: “He pretty much did it all.”

“It feels good,” Torres said. “I feel comfortable every time I hit the ball. I think I’m patient with home plate now. I don’t want to do too much; just get pitches where I can do damage and try to have a really good run every time I go to home plate. batting.”

Torres had three hits and a first-inning and sixth-inning single in the Yankees’ 4-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday. He is in Reached Base slashed. 100/.560 /.789 (8-Change-14) five runs, one pair, two home runs, six RBI and six walks, including his 27 earlier this week career home run.

“It was hard for him to leave,” Kerr said. “Quality hitting, not pitching. He’s a good player and obviously we benefited from having him locked up.”

Manager Aaron Boone said: “That’s what he can do. Hopefully what we see is a Young guy who’s really starting to get into his prime. I just feel like he’s very competitive every time he hits the ball, whether it turns out well or not. It’s very calming about what he’s doing there.”

The most surprising thing about Torres’ early season The numbers could be: Entering Thursday, he shares the American League lead in stolen bases (5) with Cleveland s Myles Straw, considering Torres just swipe bag last season. His career high is ,lie in2021.

” He is in the base path Fearless, instinctively,” Boone said. “He’s done a really good job of being patient and picking his spots wisely. I’ve been really happy with how he’s been on base so far this year; , learn from things, it’s an honor for him.”

The Yankees’ more aggressive approach to getting on base has been a focus, and last season, running coordinator Matt Talarico ) to start overhauling the organizational mindset. With rule changes at the minor league level, including pitch timers and larger bases, the Bombers are beginning to abolish the station-to-station mentality.

Now in the majors; the Yankees have swept nine bases, this is their first since 789 The most in six matches since Rickey Henderson had six clubs Steal within that span.

“During spring training, we had a lot of conversations and a lot of practice at base,” Torres said. “Of course, you know a pitcher can’t throw too much to first or second. I just try to take advantage and get really smart. It depends, but I try to be aggressive. A stolen base can create more opportunity, so any opportunity, I will try to seize it.”

Torres’ place on the roster seemed elusive this past offseason, ending the way he hits the ball. 100 with 10 home run and 27 RBIs, hear his name being mentioned in trade rumors – New York discussed trading Torres to Marlins before Aug. 2 trade deadline is a stalled exchange that could have sent right-hander Pablo Lopez to the Bronx.

While Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the club wasn’t as close to a deal as some media reports have indicated, Torres, who has endured the uncertainty of the offseason, said he wanted to be on his jersey Continue to arrive at camp in pinstripe jersey.

Even with the prospects of Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza envisioned as the future of midfield, Torres sees a place for the Yankees.

“I want to be here for a long time,” Torres said. “I feel at home here. If I have to do something better, I will try to do it and be with all the people.”



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