Pinstripe Preview: Ronald Torreyes

After bouncing around in trades from many teams beginning in 2015, Ronald Torreyes, nicknamed “Toe” by Joe Girardi, seems to have found a home as a solid bench bat and utility man for the Yankees. Here’s a list of the trades:

May 2015: Purchased by the Blue Jays from the Astros
June 2015: Purchased by the Dodgers from the Blue Jays
January 2016: Traded from the Dodgers to the Yankees in exchange for Rob Segedin
January 2016 (2 weeks later): Claimed on waivers by the Angels from the Yankees
February 2016 (6 days later): Claimed on waivers by the Yankees from the Angels

Not gonna lie, that must have sucked. However, after making the Opening Day team, Torreyes (somehow) survived the entire regular season on the Yankees’ 25-man roster, and made himself known as a very useful player.
Photo Credit: Kevin Kuo | USATSI

2016 Review

Torreyes made himself known, bursting onto the scene with a triple in his first Yankees at-bat. (He actually finished third on the Yanks in triples with four, behind Brett Gardner (six), and Jacoby Ellsbury (five), in just 155 at-bats). He continued to go on a tear whenever at the plate for a good amount of April, and owned a .313 batting average on May 9. However, he cooled off after that, going 3-16 (.188) for the rest of May. He was kind of forgotten about for most of the summer, getting only 11 (!!) at-bats in June, and only 14 (!!!) in July. That’s…. not good. I’m not too sure how he managed to survive on the roster the whole year, but he did, which was mostly thanks to a torrid streak he had at the end of August, going 12-23 (.522) from 

August 19-28, along with his first major league home run was a great stretch for Torreyes in his rookie season. I love attaching videos to articles like this, so here is that bomb:

For such a small guy, that was no wall scraper. Overall, 2016 was a decent season from Torreyes. He’s a fun little player who can play third, short, second, and even the outfield in a pinch, all while being able to handle a bat, and someone like that deserves a spot on a Major League team.

2017 Preview

Torreyes should open the season as part of the Yankees bench, and will continue to get the semi-regular amount of playing time he did last year. I expect the bulk of his playing time to be at third, as it was last year, in order to give Chase Headley some rest. Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro could probably use an occasional off day as well, and Torreyes provides them with that. However, I’m not so sure that he will survive the entire season on the 25-man roster. 2017 is going to be a season of seeing what the kids have, and that includes kids down at Triple-A and lower who haven’t been added to the 40-man roster, such as Chance Adams, James Kaprielian, Jordan Montgomery, Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, and maybe even Dustin Fowler or Gleyber Torres. Who knows? Maybe others will be knocked off the roster. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Torreyes is on the chopping block come midseason. Until then, though, I expect him to bring the same bat skills and solid defense that allowed him to last through 2016.

Article by: Alex Weir


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