Infielder Gleyber Torres is focused on helping the New York Yankees win the World Series in the truncated 2020 Major League Baseball season.
On Monday Torres said the Yankees’ mission is “winning everything”Â (quotes per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch).
â€œLast year is in the past right now,â€ Torres said on Monday. â€œWe forgot that. Our mentality and our focus is on the short season right now. We have a mission; the mission is winning everything. That is the job, that’s the focus and mentality, and weâ€™re preparing right now to get there.â€
DJ LeMahieu was manager Aaron Boone’s projected second baseman this season, but the infielder recently tested positive for COVID-19, vacating the middle infield position for the time being. A prime candidate to start in LeMahieu’s place is Tyler Wade.
Torres, the Yankees’ likely shortstop, would be “100 percent comfortable” with Wade being his double-play partner.
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â€œIâ€™d be 100 percent comfortable,â€ Torres said. â€œI knew Wade in the Minor Leagues. Weâ€™ve got really good communication during the double plays and during the game. Itâ€™s like growing up together, and itâ€™s the same feeling right now.â€
One of the Yankees’ top prospects, 24-year-old right-hander Clarke Schmidt, has caught Torres’ eye.
â€œClarke is really impressive,â€ Torres said. â€œWe always played a little joke, [saying], â€˜When I face you, Iâ€™m going to try to hit a homer.â€™ And now Iâ€™ve faced him. I feel really good, I feel confident in all my pitchers.â€
Last season Torres posted an .871 OPS and 128 OPS+ while totaling 38 home runs and 90 RBIs. He started 64 games at second base and 73 at shortstop.
Torres says he feels “good.”
â€œI feel good,â€ Torres said. â€œI’m just getting ready to see all the pitchers. I try to be ready each at-bat. I know it’s a little bit different because I don’t really like seeing my teammates; when they pitch, I don’t feel really comfortable. This is a moment to just be focusing in your area and try to get ready for Opening Day.â€
The Yankees open the season on the road against the World Series-champion Washington Nationals on July 23.