On the verge of surpassing the numbers he notched as a rookie in 2018, Gleyber Torres has avoided anything close to a sophomore slump.
Highlighted by Monday's doubleheader sweep of the Orioles in which his three home runs and seven RBI fueled the Yankees' 8-5 and 11-8 wins, Torres continued to tear up Baltimore.
In 16 games against the Orioles, Torres has 13 homers, three doubles and 20 RBI with a slash line of .414/.485/1.138.
But beyond Baltimore, Torres has remained effective, totaling 26 long balls and 69 RBI, while slashing .283/.349/.524 on the year.
"I take all the opportunities they give and then just do damage," Torres said Monday.
A two-time All-Star through his first couple of seasons at the major-league level, the 22-year-old infielder's immediate rise to stardom has already put him in a discussion with another Yankees great.
Before he became a 14-time All-Star in 19-plus seasons with the Yankees from his 1995 debut to his 2014 farewell, Derek Jeter started off on a similar tear to Torres.
Through 231 games, the numbers between the two have come close -- Jeter recorded 29 more hits, but Torres smashed 26 more home runs, with the corresponding batting averages and slugging percentages reflecting the gap in each category.
This isn't the first time a young Yankees infielder has gotten off to a fast start pic.twitter.com/alhkz3rTWF- SNY (@SNYtv) August 13, 2019
Torres has a long way to go before he becomes fully entrenched in the conversation with Jeter -- he led the team to five World Series championships as a captain at shortstop before the Yankees retired his No. 2 jersey in 2017 -- but his early-career surge has provoked the statistical comparison along with him.