New York Yankees: Gleyber Torres Quietly Off To Spectacular Start

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres
May 6, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) hits a walk off 3 run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Gleyber Torres has probably been one of the New York Yankees least talked about players this season, and deserves to be talked about more. He’s off to a great start in 2019, batting .290 in 155 at-bats.

Stepping up on both sides

With injuries, Torres has been batting higher in the lineup then usual, and has shifted back to his natural shortstop position.

At short, he has a .972 fielding percentage, which is around league average. Since he isn’t usually the everyday shortstop, that’s pretty solid, in my opinion.

On the offensive end, he’s been fantastic. Along with his .290 average, he has eight home runs and 20 RBIs, along with 10 doubles. So far, his OBP is down 15 points from last season, but his average is up 19 points. And, his slugging and percentage and OPS. has increased this year as well

The team affect

Torres’s contributions have greatly improved the team this season, and even more so than last.

This season, his dWAR is at 0.3, which is almost as good as last year already (0.5). That means that his defense improved over the winter.

His oWAR still has a way to go to catch last years (2.9), but at the rate he’s going, he should eventually surpass it. He sits at 1.1 right now.

His overall WAR is at 1.2, which is just shy of half of last years (2.9). He should also surpass that number.

This year, Torres will likely surpass all or most of the stats that he set last year. Remember, Torres was an all-star last season, and the way he’s playing, he could be on track for a second appearance in as many big-league years.