This Day in Yankees History: Gleyber Torres Makes MLB Debut

John Zarnowski
New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres
Jul 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Two years ago today, New York Yankees’ superstar and youngster Gleyber Torres made his Major League Baseball debut at 21 years old. Despite going hitless during his first game, Torres has risen in the New York City spotlight and has made a name for himself throughout the league.

The New York Yankees won that game, 5-1 over the Blue Jays. Torres said following the game, “(I’m) super happy. And I’m happy the team won.”

Being only 21 years old at the time and walking up to your first Major League at-bat while all of Yankee Stadium is giving you a standing ovation is quite a way to be welcomed to the pinstripe family.

Since that first day stepping to the plate at Yankee Stadium, Torres really has lived up to the hype. He was ranked MLB’s number five overall prospect per MLB pipeline and is the youngest player to debut before July 1 for the Yankees besides the legendary Derek Jeter. In his two years playing, Torres is a two-time All-Star and was in MVP talks his sophomore year. He holds a .275 career batting average with 62 home runs and 167 runs batted in.

After the New York Yankees decided to let Didi Gregorious walk to free agency, Torres will now be the primary shortstop. It’s believed that the Yankees know Torres is the future face of the Yankee infield and he is ready to take on that tremendous task.

As Yankee fans, we know Torres will be able to fill those shoes with no problem.