No one would ever confuse him with Derek Jeter, but Ronald Torreyes was the Opening Day starting shortstop in 2017, and actually did a more-than-respectable job of filling in for the injured Didi Gregorius in the opening month. The numbers don't exactly jump off the page, but the 25-year-old provided solid defense around the infield and put together quality at-bats en route to a .292 average in 336 plate appearances. The Yankees have traded two of last year's starting infielders, Chase Headley and Starlin Castro, leaving a couple starting jobs up for grabs, but Torreyes is unlikely to seize one. The Yankees have highly-touted prospects in Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres ready for prime time. As a result, Torreyes will likely remain in a utility role in 2018, and he may face an uphill battle in the effort to surpass last season's volume of playing time.
Torreyes is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners. With Starlin Castro returning from the DL, Torreyes will be relegated to a bench role. Torreyes turned in a four-hit game earlier this week and he's now batting .295 in 300 plate appearances this season, but it's about as empty a .295 average as you'll see (three homers, two steals, 35 RBI).
Torreyes went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run in Wednesday's win over the Tigers. Torreyes is now 6-for-7 over the last two days, raising his batting average to .299 on the year. The 24-year-old has started all but one of the team's last 24 games and has been a respectable option both offensively and defensively, but with Starlin Castro (hamstring) nearing a return off the DL, Torreyes' days as the everyday starter appear to be numbered.
Torreyes is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, Pete Caldera of The Record reports. Torreyes turned in a pair of two-hit efforts while starting the last four games, and though he'll be rested in favor of Tyler Wade on Tuesday, he still looks like the Yankees' primary option at second base while Starlin Castro (hamstring) is sidelined. With just an 11.8 percent strikeout rate this season, Torreyes' .288 average looks fairly sustainable, but the 24-year-old looks to be a limited source for counting stats production.
Torreyes went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's loss to the Rays. The 24-year-old infielder ultimately provided the Yankees with every run on the day, as his two-run homer in the second and his RBI double in the fourth were all the team could muster against Jacob Faria and the Rays' bullpen. Torreyes is now hitting .294 on the season, and although his OPS is only .702, the three extra-base hits he's collected over the past two days have pushed his OPS over the past week above .800. When Starlin Castro (hamstring) returns to action, Torreyes will likely move back into a bench role, although he could nudge his way into semi-regular playing time if he continues to hit like this.
Torreyes is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rays. Torreyes went 2-for-4 with a couple runs scored and an RBI on Wednesday, but he'll get another day off Thursday despite the strong showing. Tyler Wade will man the keystone in his stead.