Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres made his highly-anticipated major league debut Sunday afternoon. And though he is still looking for his first big league hit, his new teammates are excited to see what he can do.
"He's gonna be good, man," Giancarlo Stanton told The Post's Dan Martin. "He is good already. He's gonna prove himself."
Torres didn't prove that he shold be with the big league roster in the spring, as he hit .219 in 13 games. However, he crushed Triple-A pitching with the RailRiders as he owned a .347/.393/.510 slash line with 11 RBI and five extra-base hits.
So what did Torres change at the plate to return to his normal self? Nothing but time.
"Nothing changed," he said. "I just got more at-bats, more time. In the minor leagues, I feel better and better. Every day, I feel more comfortable to start the season."
With struggles continuing from those manning second base, it was the right time for Torres get the call in manager Aaron Boone's eyes.
"Obvioulsy, I think you all realize how much we value him as a player, short-term certainly and for our future," Boone said. "[Bringing him up] is something we've had conversations about over the last week, about when would be the right time. We feel like he's ready, he's checked all the boxes."
One of those players struggling is veteran Neil Walker, who is hitting .183 (11-for-60) over 15 games. Walker admitted Torres deserved to be called up after he underperformance so far.
"He's earned the right to come up here," Walker said. "I'm not even hitting my weight."
In his first at-bat, Torres received a standing ovation from the Yankees faithful, and even better, he had a great opportunity for a memorable RBI hit if he could have found some grass. Instead, he came up empty on a Jamie Garcia curve for a strikeout.
He would hit into a double play, pop up in foul territory, and fly out to former Yankee Curtis Granderson in right field to finish off his debut.
So, it wasn't the most memorable, but it's a start. And if Stanton has any words of wisdom for the 21-year-old Torres, it is not to change a thing to his game.
"The biggest thing is you think it's a different game or you've got to cahnge something because it's a new level," Stanton said. "It's just a more precise level. There's less room for mistakes. I think we all have those moments for the first couple years where you're still finding yourself, still finding what kind of player you are."
Torres will hope to show the Yankees he is the top prospect they expect him to be.