Gleyber Torres - Biography

Gleyber David Torres Castro is a Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop who plays for the Major League Baseball's New York Yankees (MLB). On April 22, 2018, he made his MLB debut.

Family

Eusebio Torres and Ibelise Castro, Torres' parents, were both born and reared in Caracas. Because of the peculiarity of the name 'Qleyber,' his father chose to name his son Torres after it. Torres was raised in a middle-class family. However, in the face of continuous food shortages, severe crime, and widespread violence, life at home degenerated into turmoil, with many people revolting against the government. Torres began playing baseball as a centre fielder, catcher, pitcher, and ultimately shortstop when he was four years old.

His love for baseball developed as he watched games on TV and idolised Omar Vizquel, his favourite player. Torres also played basketball in high school, but he dropped out on his father's advice to concentrate on baseball.

Torres' skill drew the attention of academies, who wanted to assist him in becoming a professional. Torres went to Maracay at the age of 14 to attend a school with MLB scouts. The Chicago Cubs approached him and he signed a deal with them.

Torres enjoyed spending time with his friends, riding bicycles, and visiting amusement parks while he wasn't playing baseball. 'Chapitas' was one of his favourite games. The game was played using a bottle cap and a broomstick, with one player throwing and the other hitting.

Torres with his wife
Minor Leagues

Torres agreed to a $1.7 million signing bonus with the Chicago Cubs as an international free agency in 2013. He debuted with the Arizona League's Rookie-level Arizona Cubs in 2014. Later, he was promoted to the Class A-Short Season Northwest League's Boise Hawks. He hit.297/.386/.440 with two home runs in 50 games for the two clubs combined.

Torres started the 2015 season with the Class A Midwest League's South Bend Cubs before being promoted to the Class A-Advanced Carolina League's Myrtle Beach Pelicans in September. He hit.287/.346/.376 in 487 at-bats for the two clubs combined in 126 games, with three home runs and 64 runs batted in (RBI).

Torres began the year at Myrtle Beach.

The New York Yankees are a baseball team based in New York City.

Torres, Adam Warren, Billy McKinney, and Rashad Crawford were dealt to the Yankees on July 25 in exchange for bullpen pitcher Aroldis Chapman. He started his Yankees career with the Class A-Advanced Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League. For the two Class A+ clubs combined, he batted.270/.354/.421 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI. After the season, the Yankees sent him to the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions (AFL).

Torres was awarded the AFL Most Valuable Player after hitting.403 in 76 at-bats with a.513 on-base percentage and a 1.158 OPS. Torres was the youngest player in the AFL at the time, and the youngest player in AFL history to win the MVP award. Baseball America rated him as the Yankees' #1 prospect following the 2016 season. Baseball America ranked Torres as the sixth greatest prospect in baseball heading into the 2017 season.

Torres started the 2017 season with the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League, where he hit.448 in 29 at-bats with two home runs during spring training with the Yankees. He was placed on the seven-day disabled list in April due to rotator cuff irritation. Torres was sent to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League by the Yankees in May.

Torres tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his non-throwing left elbow in June, despite the Yankees' instruction to its players to slide feet-first into home because the club thinks it is safer. Torres was declared out for the remainder of the 2017 season on June 19, after his injury necessitated Tommy John surgery. For the two clubs combined, he batted.287/.383/.480 with seven home runs and 34 RBI.

After the season, the Yankees added him to their 40-man roster. MLB.com ranked Torres as the fifth-highest prospect in baseball and the greatest shortstop prospect heading into the 2018 season. Torres battled Miguel Andujar and other infielders for a place on the Opening Day roster throughout spring training. Torres was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the 2018 season on March 13, 2018. On April 22, after six innings, he was removed from the game.

Torres saw it as a punishment for not hustling hard enough, but he was summoned to manager Bobby Mitchell's office after the game to learn of his promotion to the Major Leagues.

2018 Career

Torres made his MLB debut as a second baseman on April 22, 2018, against the Toronto Blue Jays, going 0 for 4. Torres got his first MLB hit the following day against the Minnesota Twins. Torres hit his first professional home run against Josh Tomlin on May 4, becoming him the youngest Yankee to do it since John Ellis in 1969 at the age of 21.

Torres hit his first career walk-off home run two days later against the Cleveland Indians, becoming the youngest Yankee to smash a walk-off home run and leading the Yankees to a 7–4 win. Torres hit two home runs in a 10–5 Yankees victory against the Texas Rangers on May 21, his first multi-homer game. Torres hit his fourth consecutive home run on May 25 against the Los Angeles Angels, becoming him the youngest player in American League history to do it at 21 years and 163 days.

Torres was awarded AL Player of the Week after hitting.368/.429/1.158 with five home runs and nine RBIs in the week ending May 27. Torres blasted a walk-off single in extra innings to defeat the Houston Astros on May 29. Torres was also awarded Rookie of the Month in the American League for the month of May. He had a.317/.374/.659 batting line, with 13 runs, 26 hits, nine home runs, and 24 RBI. Torres was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 4 due to a right hip injury.

Torres was chosen to the 2018 All-Star Game, his first, after hitting.294 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI in 218 at-bats and posting a.905 OPS. He did not participate in the game. Torres was awarded AL Player of the Week again for the week ending September 2. Torres hit his 265th home run of the season on September 29, surpassing the 1997 Seattle Mariners for most home runs in a single season. It was also the Yankees' 20th home run in the 9th inning, making them the first team in history to hit 20 home runs from every hitting position in the lineup.

Despite playing mainly at shortstop throughout his minor-league career, he spent much of 2018 at second base owing to Didi Gregorius taking the shortstop job.

Torres playing a match in 2018 season
2019 Career

Gleyber signed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees after the 2018 season.

Torres became the fourth youngest Yankee with four hits and three extra base hits in a game since Joe DiMaggio accomplished it in 1936 during his second season on April 4, 2019. Against the Baltimore Orioles, Torres went 4 for 4 with a double, two home runs, and four RBI. Torres hit his 39th career home run and first career grand slam against Oliver Drake of the Tampa Bay Rays on June 19, 2019. On August 2, 2019, Torres hit his second career grand slam against Eduardo Rodrguez of the Boston Red Sox.

The Venezuelan hit his 13th home run against the Orioles on August 12, establishing a divisional record. Torres became the second Yankee to smash 30 or more home runs in a single season at the age of 22 or younger on August 22, joining Joe DiMaggio, who hit 46 home runs in 1937. Torres was named an American League All-Star for the second time in his career on July 9, the first being in 2018. Torres had one hit in two at-bats in the All-Star game.

With 38 home runs before the age of 23, he became just the second middle infielder after Alex Rodriguez to accomplish so, and the third Yankees player since Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle to hit at least two 20-homer seasons before the age of 23. Torres batted.278 in the regular season and.417 in the American League Division Series. Torres became the youngest second baseman in MLB history on October 13, 2019, and the third youngest player overall (Mantle, Tony Kubek) to collect at least four RBIs in a game, as well as the youngest player ever to record at least five RBIs.

Gleyber finished the 2019 season with 38 home runs and a.535 slugging percentage, proving to be an important component of the New York Yankees' deadly offence. In 2019, he came in 17th in MVP voting, with teammate D.J. Lemahieu coming in fourth.

Torres while playing a match
2020 Career

Torres slashed in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

In 42 games, he hit.243/.356/.368 with three home runs and 16 RBI. With nine mistakes on defence, he topped all AL shortstops.

Torres while throwing a ball
Private life

In 2014, Torres met his long-time girlfriend Elizabeth in Caracas, Venezuela. In April of 2017, they tied the knot. Torres tested positive for COVID-19 on May 13, 2021.

Torres making a entry into the ground