Yankees have found their spark-plug in unexpected catcher

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The emergence of Jose Treviño has been something of a legend for the New York Yankees this season. They expected to go into the 2022 campaign with a platoon at catcher, featuring Kyle Higashioka and Ben Rortvedt, acquired in the Twins trade.

Unfortunately, Rortvedt joined the Yankees with an existing oblique injury and further picked up a knee issue that dampened his rehab. The Yankees acquired Treviño in a three-player trade with the Texas Rangers to supplement the loss. The veteran immediately became the second option behind Higashioka.

However, after Higashioka started the season with significant struggles in the batters box, Treviño quickly over took him and became one of the team’s unsung hero’s.

The Yankees can rely on Treviño to get the job done:

The Yankees have called upon Treviño on multiple occasions to come through in extra innings this season. He picked up his second walk-off win of the year on Friday night against the Chicago Cubs in the bottom of the 13th inning.

“Credit to [Trevino], he was ready to roll all night,” manager Aaron Boone said. “With him and Higgy … whoever’s playing, they’re [both] engaged and essentially playing the game anyway. Just a great job of being ready. Really good at-bat, got a pitch he could handle and stuck it.”

Jose earned the day off, but manager Aaron Boone gave him a chance to win the game when it mattered most. He slapped a single to left field, driving in Joey Gallo, who was on third base.

Despite his magisterial at-bat, he gave the credit to his teammates, who carried the load all the way to the 13th inning, giving him a chance to win the game.

“Our defense played well tonight,” Trevino said. “Our bullpen did what they’ve been doing, coming in and throwing up zeroes and giving us a chance to win the game. That kind of carried us over. We just needed one hit.”

Afterward, Treviño indicated that he wanted to do something special for his son, who was celebrating his fourth birthday.

“I don’t know what everybody believes in, but I know what I believe in,” Trevino said. “I believe I got a little extra help every time something like that happens.”

On the year, Treviño is hitting .290 with a 34% on-base rate and a 13% strikeout rate. He’s hit four homers and 17 RBIs, having his best season as a professional by a long shot. It has always been Jose’s dream to play for the Yankees, and he’s not letting a single second go to waste.

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