The return of Aaron Judge to the Yankees' lineup on Friday night marked the final piece to complete the Bronx Bombers' claim as the most powerful lineup in the majors.
It also meant getting the Yankees' biggest star back, too, but Judge believes that claim belongs to Gleyber Torres.
The Yankees' 22-year-old infielder homered in his third consecutive game on Friday -- along with Gary Sanchez -- giving him 18 on the season. Torres is hitting .287/.347/.544 on the season and is on pace for 39 home runs this year.
His growth and power displayed at the plate has Judge, who has been the face of the Yankees since 2017, in awe.
"My goodness, when I was 22 I was playing in Single-A Charleston," Judge told reporters after the game. "He's up here facing the best of the best. Seeing what he's been doing has been impressive. He's the star of this team. The future of this team."
The "star" of the Yankees was batting seventh in Friday's game and that was because Gio Urshela and Cameron Maybin were playing over DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks. In a lineup with the latter two, Torres could be batting ninth.
A No. 9 hitter with the potential to hit 35-plus home runs. Of course, Torres does not view himself as a power hitter.
"I'm a contact hitter, for sure," he said. "The power is coming every day, I feel happy for that. I help my team. That's what is most important."
In a season that has forced the Yankees to overcome injuries at nearly every position on the field, Torres has also been among the few who has been a constant presence in the Yankees lineup, appearing in 70 games -- the third-most on the team.
He held down shortstop, his natural position, until Didi Gregorius returned and moved back over the second base where he flashed some leather on Friday night, too.
He turned a crucial double play in the eighth inning of a 4-1 game with a glove flip to Gregorius to an the inning and squash any threat the NL West-leading Astros attempted to mount.
"I don't practice that," Torres said. "I think it's just in the moment, and I'm happy to make that double play."
Despite moving back to second base, Torres was also named one of the three finalists at shortstop on Friday for the AL All-Star starters vote. Whether or not he is voted the starter, Torres appears destined for his second All-Star Game in as many seasons.
"He's becoming a great player," manager Aaron Boone said. "Just proud of his continued taking pride in getting better at the little things to make his game complete. He continues to work really hard at that and obviously, the results have been there and he's been a great player for us."