Much has been said about Gleyber Torres reporting out of shape to last yearâ€™s summer camp, including the New York Yankeesâ€™ general manager Brian Cashman. However, the shortstop wants to leave it all in the past and this time around, he made it a priority to report to spring training in tip-top shape.
The Yankeesâ€™ emerging slugger committed to building his physique during the offseason and worked alongside Seattle Marinersâ€™ uber-prospect Julio Rodriguez and Kansas City Royals hitter Carlos Santana. Gleyberâ€™s primary goal during the 2021 campaign is to play the whole 162 games.
â€œItâ€™s really important to me to be in really good shape,â€ Torres said on Friday to MLB.com. â€œThis year, we play 162 games. Personally, I just want to play all the games and be healthy all year. That is how Iâ€™ll help my team in any opportunity I have. So far, I feel really good.â€
The Yankeesâ€™ shortstop is in a good place now
The Yankees are happy with Torresâ€™ current progress, both with his physique and at the plate, where he is 6-for-15 with one double and two round-trippers in the early going. Last year, he struggled mightly as a batter, but he is hungry and wants to rebound.
Â â€œLast year was a tough year for everybody,â€ Torres said. â€œWe didnâ€™t start for three or four months. It was very hard for players, especially for me. Now, we know weâ€™re playing a full season, we had a regular offseason, a regular Spring Training. Weâ€™ve played really well, and mentally, I feel really well.â€
After returning from quad and hamstring injuries last season, he slowly began to rediscover his form, and he was a beast for the Yankees in the postseason, going 10-for-23 with two homers and five RBI.
â€œHe looks good. He looks focused,â€ said second baseman DJ LeMahieu. â€œHeâ€™s been locking in on the early work defense. The swing looks good. He just seems very focused this year. Thatâ€™s kind of what I expected from him. I definitely think Gleyber looks ready to go and ready to get after it again.â€