Gleyber Torres
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New York Yankees budding star Gleyber Torres’ power is bringing him to another level as a slugger for the Bombers.

It’s safe to say that Gleyber Torres has been a phenom for the New York Yankees in 2019. Entering Sunday, the infielder had a ballclub-leading 29 home runs with 73 RBIs this year, posting a slash line of .284/.348/.537 as well.

He’s definitely one of the main reasons the Yanks are at the top of the standings with an 83-42 record. His recent power surge is the biggest reason for his breakout this season.

“We saw his power last year. We’ve watched him these last two years. He’s got the ability to hit the ball out to all fields,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, per Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. “He’s obviously very strong. The ground force that he creates in his swing lends itself to power. He’s got one of those pulls and it seems to go a little further than you think it’s gonna go and that’s because the power is real.”

Torres is an individual that definitely shows versatility on the field. The Yanks have asked him to play both shortstop and second base at times. He’s done it with grace and effort, and that’s something that Boone really admires.

“He’s playing well,” the skipper said. “The flexibility he’s given us this year of being able to bounce between second and short as well, I’m really proud of the all-around, complete player he’s grown into.”

Didi Gregorius missed the first two months of the season, but Torres didn’t miss a beat at shortstop. Torres has a .951 OPS this season when playing the position.

The Yankees finish up their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday before partaking in a nine-game road trip starting on Tuesday.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.