#MLBPlayers411 | Ronald Torreyes
Surrounded by stars, utility infielder Ronald Torreyes, today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, has helped hold the Yankees' infield together in the first half of the season. His .279 average, two home runs and 17 RBIs may not jump off the stat page, but Ronald has provided versatility, dependability and hustle to the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees were dealt an unexpected blow right before the start of the 2017 season, an injury to starting shortstop Didi Gregorius sustained in March's World Baseball Classic. Many fans speculated a fast-tracked call-up for top prospect Gleyber Torres, but manager Joe Girardi turned to the 24-year-old Torreyes instead.
Ronald went on to hit .313 in 21 games in April, softening the loss of Gregorius.
“Toe” (Torreyes) works extremely hard,” Girardi said late last season. “He considers every pre-game his game. He takes grounders at third, short and second, runs all over the outfield, gets in the cage, works really hard. Anything he can do to improve his skills, he's always doing it.”
Back to reduced playing time now that Gregorius is healthy, “Toe” is making the most of his at-bats. In the bottom of the 10th inning on June 24, with Gary Sanchez on third, Ronald laced a two-out single up the middle to give his team a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
“There's nobody else I'd want up in that situation,” rookie Phenom Aaron Judge said. “The way (Torreyes) barrels up everything and puts the ball in play, that's who you want up there.”
Ronald and Judge have developed a fun relationship as teammates. Back in May, the 5-foot-8 Torreyes and the 6-for-7 Judge swapped jerseys for a Yankees Magazine photo shoot. Take a look:
😆Super fun photo shoot today with Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes. Story to come! 🇺🇸🇻🇪❤️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/nMkTHn8zdd— Yankees Magazine (@YanksMagazine) May 2, 2017
New York is hardly the first stop for the Barinas, Venezuela native. Ronald signed with the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent in 2010 and was traded to the Astros in July 2013, then the Blue Jays and eventually the Dodgers' organizations during the 2015 season.
Ronald finally made his major-league debut with Los Angeles on Sept. 12 2015, while being used mostly as a defensive replacement and pinch runner in late innings.
After the Dodgers designated him for assignment following the 2015 season, Ronald was traded to the Yankees.
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