In 2019, Gleyber Torres was seen as the next great shortstop for the New York Yankees and baseball. Likable guy with a great personality and was pretty good.
Since his big 2019 postseason, where he hit .324 with three home runs and 10 RBI, he has been virtually non-existent on both sides of the ball. We knew his defense was shabby, but it looks like that has transferred over to the batter’s box now.
Torres’ 2019 season was his best season. He hit .278 with 38 home runs and had an OPS+ of 128, well above league average. His home run percentage was 6.3%, with an average exit velocity of just under 90%.
The home run percentage is where we’ve seen the most significant drop in Torres’ offensive game. The 6.3% home run percentage is now down to just 1.4%.
Since the end of the 2019 season, Torres has hit just 11 home runs, with two of them coming in the 2020 postseason.
It’s puzzling as to why Torres continues to struggle. There’s no pinpoint aspect you can look to like Gary Sanchez. Many thought his struggles were because of a new catching position that was implemented for the 2020 season. That, among other focuses defensively, may have taken away some of his focus on his offense which is perhaps why he struggled so mightily in 2020. Torres does not have that luxury. He’s just been bad.
The Yankees lineup has never been more profound in his career than it is in the second half of 2021. With the additions of Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton staying healthy for the majority of the season, Torres has seen many pitches to hit and has not capitalized.
Again, it’s a struggle to figure out why.
With a big shortstop free agent market coming to this offseason, you have to wonder if the Yankees will consider moving on from Torres following the 2021 season.
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