In his first two seasons as Yankee, the Caracas native started his career at second base. Although he originally came up as a shortstop, the Yankees had their shortstop for the time being in Didi Gregorius. However, Torres would compile a .275 batting average with 62 home runs and 269 hits, as he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2018.
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In 2019, the young infielder hit 38 home runs and received his second nod to the all-star game. He received two All-Star Game appearances in two seasons. It is a sign for what’s to come for Yankees fans.
Fans had the privilege of seeing talent like Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettite, and Jeter wear pinstripes and excel for the Yankees. In sports, it’s not how players can excel the legacy of the team, but about continuing the legacy of the player before them. That is true if the player is some like Jeter.
In an article about Torres, Brian Cashman discussed the potential of the new shortstop and his efforts. The efforts helps prove the brilliance of Cashman and his willingness to take chance. He said,
"“I can tell you he wants to be great. He is not content with just being in the major leagues and being good. He wants to be great.”"
Torres is not on track to be the next Jeter. He is on track to be part of the Yankee players who made history wearing pinstripes. He is progressing into becoming an elite player that makes the trade from the Cubs worth it.