June 16, 2021

Shortstop won’t be too big for Gleyber Torres (New York Post)


You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Yankees.

What was [Gleyber] Torres’ fielding percentage as a shortstop in the minors? He doesn’t look to be half of what Didi Gregorius was as a Yankee. I think it’s going to affect his bat because he doesn’t look comfortable at short at all. — Tom

Nobody should confuse Torres with Gregorius in the field, even if Torres’ original position in pro ball was short.

From the day Gregorius took over for Derek Jeter, his play at short was easy to watch. Very good range, smooth hands and an accurate arm. Torres doesn’t have Gregorius’ range or hands, and his awkward footwork at times negates an above-average arm. Torres’ five errors in 10 spring training games led to questions as to why the Yankees let Gregorius leave for Philadelphia via free agency.

Through six levels — including two in the big leagues — at short, the 23-year-old Torres has a .950 fielding percentage. In two big league seasons (98 games) at the position he has a…

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