Aaron Boone on why Gleyber Torres is the next big thing for the Yankees

His manager really trust him

Gleyber Torres

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Two weeks of watching Gleyber Torres play for the Yankees hasn't dramatically changed manager Aaron Boone's assessment of his 21-year-old second baseman.

But Boone might want to change one word of what he said April 22, the day of Torres' Major League debut.

"I don't think there's necessarily anything that's, 'Wow,'" Boone said that day of the Yankees' top prospect.


"He's kind of wowed us a lot," Boone said Sunday. "I think what I meant by that was kind of an overwhelming tool or a flashy tool that sometimes you see right away from the elite prospects in the sport. He's not a fast runner. It's not light-tower power. Everything's really good. He has a shortstop's throwing arm. He's really shown good range at second base -- more range than I anticipated, frankly.

"But his instincts are special. This guy can really, really play. Nothing's been too big for him. He's been in some big spots, and whether he comes through or doesn't, from a poise standpoint, he just feels like a really good veteran player at such a young age."


Torres played his 15th game for the Yankees on Sunday against the Indians, entering the day hitting .333 with an .824 OPS.

Oh, and the Yankees went 13-1 in his first 14 games.

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