TAMPA — It would’ve been ball four.
Instead, Gleyber Torres decided to hit the pitch out of the ballpark.
What can’t this kid do?
After falling behind 0-2 in his sixth-inning at-bat against Tigers lefty Justin Wilson on Saturday, Torres rebounded to work the count full. Wilson threw a 93-mph fastball that was off the plate outside, but the Yankees’ 20-year-old super prospect sent it the other way into the right-field stands for his first homer of the spring.
“The mentality is to stay up the middle and make sure to get good contact,” Torres said through a translator after the Yankees won 7-1. “If it goes out, it goes out.”
Torres is hitting .421 in the spring with three doubles, a triple and a homer. His ability to hit the ball to the opposite field has been remarkable.
“He’s impressive,” Joe Girardi said. “I said it all along: I think he really understands how to hit. And he knows how to hit in different situations and in different counts. He’s very, very mature. We think from obviously seeing him play, our scouts seeing him play, that his swing fits our ballpark, too.”
Of his approach after getting two strikes on him, Torres said: “Basically relax, not move too much, trust my hands and just put the ball in play.”
He sure did.
“My teammates were very excited for me. They congratulated me and told me to keep playing hard. Just joking around,” Torres said.
After giving up four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings in his last outing on March 6, Bryan Mitchell allowed just one run on three hits in four innings on Saturday.
Joe Girardi was interested to see how Mitchell would rebound from his poor outing, and the right-handed rebounded nicely.
“I thought he was better today,” Girardi said of Mitchell, who is vying for one of the final two rotation spots.
STRANGE BUT TRUE
In the ninth inning, reliever J.R. Graham somehow managed to spike a routine throw to first into the grass after a comebacker hit his chest.
“He kind of locked up. He didn’t overthrow the cutoff guy, so they didn’t get an extra base,” Joe Girardi said, jokingly.
Girardi came out to check on Graham, who he thought might be injured. Graham wasn’t, and eventually recorded the final three outs.
“I thought maybe it hit off his forearm,” Girardi said. “I said maybe that’s something we need to work on: balls off the chest, and then you need to make the throw to first.”
Published at Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:56:27 +0000