Highly touted prospect Gleyber Torres made his MLB debut after the Yankees called him up from their Triple-A affiliate. Torres is still waiting on his first MLB hit after he finished 0-for-4 at the plate.
Yankees fans had eagerly awaited Torres' arrival in the big leagues. Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter ranked Torres as the No. 7 prospect in MLB entering the 2018 season, and the team's problems at second base only made fans more antsy.
Yankees second basemen have combined to post minus-0.6 WAR in 2018 so far, which is second-worst in baseball, per Baseball Reference.
Fans in the Big Apple weren't the only ones excited with Torres' promotion. According to WFAN's Sweeny Murti, the 21-year-old said he only slept around three to four hours Saturday night in preparation for his first game in pinstripes.
Torres' debut didn't exactly go according to plan. He struck out in the second inning, grounded into an inning-ending double play in the fourth, popped out in the sixth and flied out in the eighth in his four plate appearances.
Torres may have been a bit overwhelmed by the occasion:
Yankees fans have been pretty ruthless when it comes to Giancarlo Stanton's slow start to the 2018 season, but they should be more patient with Torres.
Aaron Judge was a .179 batter in 27 games in 2016 and then finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player voting in 2017. Torres is bound to experience some growing pains before becoming a star in MLB.
While the spotlight was on Torres, another Yankees rookie stole the show Sunday. Miguel Andujar finished 4-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI.
Although injuries to Greg Bird and Brandon Drury helped Andujar become a mainstay in New York's lineup, YES Network's Jack Curry doesn't see how manager Aaron Boone can replace Andujar when his roster returns to full strength:
Didi Gregorius was responsible for two of New York's five runs. He hit a solo homer in the first inning and plated the Yankees' final run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Gregorius' home run cleared the right field fence, which has been a trend throughout his career, according to MLB.com's Daren Willman:
River Ave. Blues' Sung Min Kim noted how Gregorius has been one of the league's hottest hitters early into the 2018 campaign:
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At this moment, Didi Gregorius leads the MLB in slugging percentage (.766), BB/K (2.50) and wRC+ (217). He's second in isolated power (.422) and wOBA (.496). This is how you have a hot start. Also, just as impressively, he's the third-lowest in the strikeout rates with 7.2%.
Luis Severino didn't need much run support, as he held the Blue Jays to three hits over seven innings. Toronto's lone run came via a Teoscar Hernandez home run in the sixth. Otherwise, Severino was excellent, striking out six batters and walking two.
The Yankees now welcome in the Minnesota Twins for a four-game series that begins Monday night. Minnesota's starting pitchers had a collective 3.58 FIP entering Sunday, which ranked eighth in MLB, per FanGraphs, and New York will face off with Twins ace Jose Berrios, who has been among the best in MLB, on Tuesday.
Things aren't going to get any easier for Torres as he adjusts to major league pitching in the Big Apple.