by: Victor Suarez
Gleyber David Torres Castro (born December 13, 1996) is a Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop and second baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on April 22, 2018. Torres was an All-Star in 2018 and 2019.
Torres was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and signed with the Yankees as an international free agent in 2013. He quickly rose through the Yankees’ minor league system, and made his MLB debut in 2018 at the age of 21. Torres quickly established himself as one of the Yankees’ top young players, hitting .277 with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs in his rookie season. He was named to the All-Star team and finished third in AL Rookie of the Year voting.
In 2019, Torres continued to be a productive player, hitting .287 with 38 home runs and 99 RBIs. He was named to the All-Star team for the second straight season, and finished 17th in AL MVP voting.
Torres is a switch-hitter with power and speed. He is also a good defender, and has played both shortstop and second base for the Yankees. He is a key part of the Yankees’ young core, and is expected to be a star player for years to come.