Ronald Torreyes will be on the New York Yankees this year, there is absolutely no doubt. But will he be playing second base or something else?
Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine are the current catchers on the Opening Day roster. Right?
According to Bryan Hoch, the Yankees consider Ronald Torreyes to be their emergency catcher, having him catch a bullpen session at practice.
Yankees had Ronald Torreyes catch a bullpen the other day. He’s their emergency catcher.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 21, 2018
I honestly thought this tweet was a joke when I first read it. Ronald Torreyes catching a bullpen session? I would have guessed it was part of his “big dreams” commercial. Even though I’ve read nothing that would indicate it’s false, I’m still not totally convinced it’s real. Regardless though, I’m gonna run with the assumption that this actually happened because I truly believe that Ronald Torreyes can literally do anything on a baseball field.
And to be fair the chances that he ever sees real time behind the plate are minuscule at best. But who knows? Maybe Gary Sanchez gets pinch run for and then Austin Romine gets hurt? The next man up behind the dish is the most versatile player of all time, Ronald Torreyes. The mental image of Aroldis Chapman trying to gas a high fastball at 103 mph to little Toe can only be described as hilariously dangerous.
Imagine if he had to head out to the mound to go over the signs with Dellin Betances. That would be a fantastic sight. Some pitcher-catcher tandems need a translator on the mound to communicate effectively, but Betances and Torreyes would be the first tandem to need a step stool to talk.
This is why Yankees fans love Torreyes so much though. Every time you think he’s finally settling into a specific role, he goes and shows you that he has an entirely different skill set that the fans didn’t know about.
Not to mention that the novelty of seeing a fan favorite play every position in a single game could sell out the stadium on a muggy Wednesday afternoon in July. I would also bet the house that Torreyes has 85-plus mph with movement in his back pocket and he’s just been waiting for the right time to break that out.
Just another move to show that the name of the game for Brian Cashman is versatility. Better pre-order the extra strong youth catcher’s gear now.