Yankees rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres became the youngest player in franchise history to record a multi-home run game since Mickey Mantle in Monday's 10-5 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, hit two home runs off Bartolo Colon as New York won its third straight game. He became the second-youngest Yankee to hit two homers in a game, as Mantle achieved the feat at 20 years, 296 days.
Since being promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Torres has a .321/.389/.571 batting line with six home runs and 18 RBIs, and the Yankees are 20-4 in games he's appeared in. He is hitting .340 since May 2.
"I think I try to put the ball in play, look for my pitch and try to help my team," Torres said on YES Network after the game.
Torres was 3 months old when Colon made his MLB debut. The first time he faced him, he crushed a two-run homer to left field in the second inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. He was hit by a pitch in his next at-bat, but he knocked Colon out of the game in the sixth inning after he hit a 2-0 fastball over the center-field fence to make it 6-4.
"The most important thing for me is to help my team," Torres said. "I got an opportunity, and I did."
Torres' power numbers have bettered in each year in the minors. While he hit 11 home runs in 125 games at the High-A level in 2016, he raised his slugging percentage from .421 to .480 at the Double-A and Triple-A levels last year, although he was limited to 55 games due to Tommy John surgery. Prior to his promotion, he had a .347/.393/.510 batting line with one home run and 11 RBIs with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.