2018 Pinstripe Preview: Ronald Torreyes
There are many talented young players on this Yankees team. One guy that gets overlooked is Ronald Torreyes. He may not be on the same level or even near the same level as other young guys such as Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez, but Torreyes is certainly still a valuable player to the Yankees.
He has done very well in pinstripes as a utility guy. The fact that he plays many infield positions gives Aaron Boone a lot of flexibility when he wants to give guys off or in the case of an injury. Torreyes is also listed as the Yankees’ emergency catcher although we’ll likely never be blessed with the sight of that.
The 26-year-old began his career in 2015. Torreyes played just eight games with the Dodgers before being traded to the Yankees following the season.
He has proven to be an asset. Although he has pretty much no power, Torreyes consistently puts the bat on the ball. When you do that, eventually the ball will find holes.
The 5’8" infielder hit .258 in 72 games in 2016. His playing time increased slightly in 2017 as did his numbers. His average rose to .292 in 108 games last season. However, in 188 career games, he has just four home runs and 49 RBIs.
His numbers obviously won’t blow you away, but they’re not terrible either. When you combine his ability to play multiple positions along with his ability to make contact, he becomes a more appealing option. For those reasons, he should see a fair amount of playing time.
Torreyes also contributes to the team’s great chemistry. Remember everyone’s favorite late night show? The TOE-night show took place in the dugout usually after a fellow teammate hit a homer. The players, as well as the fans, seemed to love it.
Unfortunately for Torreyes, it may be more difficult for him to find playing time especially once Greg Bird returns from injury. After all, the Yankees added Brandon Drury and Neil Walker. They also have Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres just waiting to get the call. Until then though, Ronald Torreyes remains an important piece for the Yankees.
Article by: Shawn Maguire