After a long wait, the Yankees finally called up top prospect Gleyber Torres. Jack Curry of the YES network broke the news first on Saturday afternoon. In case you missed it, Caitlin Rogers and Josh Diemert provided the instant coverage and reaction here at Pinstripe Alley.
How did we get here? Torres was removed from Saturday’s Triple-A game in the top of the seventh inning. Ryan McBroom came into the game in his place. Some speculated that this was a benching because Torres slammed his bat into the ground after grounding out to the pitcher in his previous at-bat. Other factors, however, were at play. While Torres sat in the dugout with his arms folded, fans on their smart phones read Curry’s reporting of the imminent promotion.
Conor Foley, RailRiders beat writer for The Times-Tribune in Scranton, reported on precisely how the 21-year-old Torres learned about his promotion. It’s a fun story.
Bobby Mitchell pulled Gleyber from the game, but didn’t tell him why, only that it wasn’t disciplinary. After the game, Mitchell told Gleyber he was going to New York in front of the whole team, who celebrated with him.— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) April 21, 2018
Foley also provided a nice quote from Gleyber’s Triple-A manager:
Bobby Mitchell on Gleyber: "It’s a big day for him. It’s a good day. And I was lucky enough to be able to tell him. It’s always fun to do when you’ve got a guy that deserves it. He’s ready. So, look for big things from him.— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) April 22, 2018
DJ Eberle, RailRiders beat writer for the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, tweeted this video of the young man’s reaction after hearing the good news:
Gleyber Torres discusses his promotion. #Yankees pic.twitter.com/5s8szKKcA1— DJ Eberle (@ByDJEberle) April 21, 2018
There has been no reaction from Red Sox nation thus far. Apparently, they’ve been pre-occupied with this:
NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. NO HITTER. https://t.co/hdPQYtYRZM— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 22, 2018
A’s lefty pitches no-hitter against streaking Red Sox https://t.co/56Y4XUHr3w pic.twitter.com/IOW1ZJAEXa— Boston.com Red Sox News (@BDCSox) April 22, 2018
Perhaps the Red Sox shudder in fear over the prospect of this happening:
Gleyber Torres entering Yankee Stadium tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/0COKKa4a8d— Fifa Khalifa (@C_Fount) April 21, 2018
Yesterday, the Yankees’ entire lineup was under the age of 30 for the first time since 1942. Katie Sharp provided this interesting stat while invoking The Captain:
When he plays, Gleyber Torres will be youngest Yankee position player to make his MLB debut in a game before July 1 since Derek Jeter on May 29, 1995. https://t.co/ELAGuR6Wob— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) April 21, 2018
Gleyber’s new teammates were excited to hear the news. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com furnished this quote from Miguel Andujar:
Miguel Andujar, on Gleyber Torres: “ If he comes over to play with us, we’re going to receive him with open arms. He’s a good friend and a really good ballplayer who has a lot of talent.” #Yankees— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 21, 2018
Meanwhile, Dan Federico reminded us of our spring training wish list:
Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar starting at second and third base for the #Yankees - just like everyone wanted to see this past winter.— Dan Federico (@DanJFederico) April 21, 2018
Now, the wait is over.
Waiting for Gleyber Torres to be called up: pic.twitter.com/9M51U5BPku— Bronx Bomber Ball (@BronxBomberBall) April 19, 2018
IT’S OFFICIAL, GLEYBER TORRES IS COMING! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! pic.twitter.com/Fck3oCzLcl— Andrew (@AndrewwM_) April 21, 2018
One question remains:
What's your prediction for John Sterling's Gleyber Torres Home Run Call?— Bronx Pinstripes (@BronxPinstripes) April 22, 2018
Give us your best ones!
I like “Gleyber Torres, el toro se desata!” Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long to hear what Sterling comes up with. Torres entered Saturday’s action hitting .370/.415/.543 with one home run in 13 Triple-A games this season.
Torres batted eighth and played second base during his MLB debut today. He was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Bomber’s win over the visiting Blue Jays.
Mark Teixeira reacted enthusiastically to the news that Torres would wear number 25:
I thinks it’s awesome that @TorresGleyber is wearing #25 for the @Yankees. I hope he becomes a star and millions buy his jerseys. Then when I see them in the stadium and on the streets I can tell people, “Look, another Tex jersey”.— Mark Teixeira (@teixeiramark25) April 22, 2018
Sound smart with your friends:
.@TorresGleyber is the youngest @Yankees position player (21 years, 130 days) to make his @MLB debut since 2005 (Melky Cabrera; 20 years, 330 days). pic.twitter.com/Hq2g2eot9d— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 22, 2018
Sweeny Murti of the YES network reported Gleyber’s mood:
Gleyber Torres said he is “super excited” and slept only 3 or 4 hours last night. Who could blame him? Makes his big league debut today, batting 8th and playing 2nd base for the Yankees.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) April 22, 2018
Fans greeted Torres with a standing ovation at Yankee Stadium today:
This face pic.twitter.com/xoe4h5wb4L— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 22, 2018
The YES network provided post-game comments from Gleyber:
Gleyber Torres went 0-for-4 in his MLB debut Sunday, but was happy to contribute to his team's 5-1 series-clinching victory. pic.twitter.com/KP7AP0nm81— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 22, 2018
Rejoice, friends, the Gleyber Era has begun!