Torreyes got the start at second base and hit ninth Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Neil Walker deservedly got the day off after playing all 14 innings the night before, and Torreyes took advantage of the opportunity to double his hit total on the season. With Brandon Drury (migraines) out indefinitely, there could be more playing time available for Torreyes, but the 25-year-old's career .684 OPS doesn't provide him with much of a fantasy ceiling even if his name is penciled onto the lineup card more frequently.
Torreyes has won a spot on the Yankees' Opening Day roster as a utility man, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Torreyes' hopes of winning a starting role in the infield were effectively quashed following the Yankees' recent acquisitions of Brandon Drury and Neil Walker, but Torreyes' versatility was enough to keep him on the roster as a bench bat. So long as Drury, Walker and Didi Gregorius maintain generally good health, Torreyes shouldn't be expected to make more than a couple starts per week.
Torreyes appears unlikely to get many starts in 2018 following the additions of Brandon Drury and Neil Walker. His best avenue to at-bats was at second base, but with Monday's signing of Walker and with top prospect Gleyber Torres expected to be ready for the big leagues sometime in the first half, Torreyes' playing time will likely be very limited. He is hitting .316 with zero home runs and two steals in 19 at-bats this spring.
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.
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