Gleyber Torres calls himself a contact hitter, but his last four games proves there's more than enough pop in his bat when he does connect.
Torres led the Yankees' offense to a 2-1 victory Friday night against the Angels, as he not only hit an RBI single in the second, but more importantly, launched a solo homer to right center that eventually was the decisive run in the win.
That homer was more than just a game clincher, though. The blast was Torres' fourth in four straight games, making him the youngest player in MLB history to accomplish that feat.
Torres has been extremely confident since being promoted on April 22, showing that he can perform in high-pressure moments. But the 21-year-old has been showcasing his skill with modesty, just as he did when told of his accomplishment after the game.
"Yeah, I feel great for that. Awesome job," he told YES Network's Meredith Marakovits. "But the most important [thing] for me is to help my team."
Torres is hitting .333/.393/.646 in his first 28 big league games, and now, his nine homers on the year passed fellow Yankee Tyler Austin for second-most among rookies in the MLB.
It is safe to say Torres is not only confident at the plate so far, but he is comfortable as well.
"I feel good. I mean, my approach is pretty good right now," he said. "I believe in what I can do, and if I got an opportunity to help my team, I just try to put the ball in play and help."
It is moments like tonight, his walkoff homer against the Indians, and his two-homer game in Texas that Torres has been preparing for his entire life. This is the stage he knew he could perform on, and manager Aaron Boone can't help but watch with the rest of us as he steals the show.
"I had that conversation with him where he says, 'I've been preparing for this my whole life,' " Boone said in his post game presser. "Certainly the last several years coming up in the minor leagues. I think he just plays the game with a lot of confidence, but I think his intelligence is very evident. When you combine intelligence and instincts and talent, you're looking at what has been a very special player for us."