Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres
24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
New York Yankees
2021 Fantasy Outlook
When Torres exploded for 38 homers in 2019, there was reason to be skeptical given his ho-hum peripherals. Still, few foresaw the extent of his power dropoff in 2020. After posting a 14.4 AB/HR (17th-best in baseball) the previous campaign, Torres homered only three times in 136 at-bats last season. Per Statcast, his 38.0 Hard% was actually slightly up from 2019, and his average exit velocity stayed relatively constant. So what went wrong? First, Torres rarely barreled the ball -- his 3.7 Barrel% ranked in the 13th percentile leaguewide. Second, he passed on too many good pitches, registering a 69.8 Meatball Swing % -- down 15.1% from his breakthrough campaign. Increased patience led to a career-best 13.8 BB% and 17.5 K%, but the decline in production made it a significant net loss. Torres has the talent to bounce back, but don't be surprised if 2019 turns out to be his peak season. Read Past Outlooks
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#70
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2021.
Avoids arbitration
SSNew York Yankees
January 15, 2021
Torres and the Yankees reached a one-year, $4 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Even after the Yankees re-signed DJ LeMahieu on Friday, Torres and New York won't require arbitration for his 2021 contract since the two sides reached an agreement shortly before Friday's deadline. The shortstop struggled over a limited sample in 2020, hitting .243 with three home runs and 16 RBI over 42 contests, but he will attempt to return to form in 2021.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs LHP
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3
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5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .888 328 47 21 54 1 .266 .349 .540
Since 2018vs Right .821 909 120 44 129 10 .275 .339 .482
2020vs Left .738 37 3 1 5 0 .226 .351 .387
2020vs Right .764 112 14 2 11 0 .263 .375 .389
2019vs Left .902 157 27 9 23 0 .286 .359 .543
2019vs Right .861 447 69 29 67 5 .276 .329 .532
2018vs Left .912 134 17 11 26 1 .254 .336 .576
2018vs Right .785 350 37 13 51 5 .278 .341 .444
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .872 604 85 34 98 2 .293 .347 .525
Since 2018Away .801 636 82 31 85 9 .252 .335 .466
2020Home .882 64 8 1 8 0 .333 .438 .444
2020Away .640 88 9 2 8 0 .187 .307 .333
2019Home .872 292 43 20 47 0 .277 .329 .543
2019Away .871 312 53 18 43 5 .280 .344 .527
2018Home .868 248 34 13 43 2 .301 .344 .524
2018Away .765 236 20 11 34 4 .238 .335 .431
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Stat Review
How does Gleyber Torres compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.79
 
BB Rate
13.8%
 
K Rate
17.5%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.243
 
OBP
.356
 
SLG
.368
 
OPS
.724
 
wOBA
.350
 
Exit Velocity
85.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.6%
 
Barrels/PA
3.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The game is in a great place with a multitude of talented youngsters, and Torres is near the front of the class with his potential. The young slugger took over minority ownership of the Baltimore franchise in 2019, hitting 13 of his 38 homers against the bottom-feeding Orioles pitching staff and also hit 29 of his 38 homers against right-handed pitching on the season. His home/road splits are not as drastic as one would assume with his friendly home stadium, though his expected stats paint a somewhat worrisome picture for his 2020 projections. While his expecting batting average was identical to his actual mark, his expected slugging percentage was 64 points below his actual SLG. None of his batted-ball events ranked in the top 10 percentile on the year, but some of his actual outcomes ranked in the overall top 20. It would be best to taper the 2020 expectations rather than expect another step forward.
Torres' lack of impact speed caps his fantasy upside, but make no mistake about it; he's among the most polished young hitters in the game. At the ripe age of 21, Torres was 20% better than league average, even after accounting for park effects. He went on an incredible run shortly after his callup in late April, smacking nine homers over the course of 16 games. Torres ended up missing some time with a hip strain and the numbers really weren't good following his return (.249/.329/.404 in his final 60 regular-season games), but that's not the worst thing in the world for those of us trying to profit in the fantasy game. With a high-pedigree player like Torres, we should expect development and year-over-year improvement, and that late slide figures to keep him cost-effective in 2019. Look for him to primarily play second base, but if the Troy Tulowitzki experiment is a flop, he could get over 20 starts at shortstop before Didi Gregorius (elbow) returns.
Just as it seemed a promotion to the Bronx was imminent, Torres ended up needing Tommy John surgery in June. Fortunately, position players typically only require six months to return from the procedure. Consider that Carl Crawford went under the knife in August 2012 and was ready for Opening Day in 2013. Torres should begin the year at Triple-A after playing just 23 games there in 2017, but will be summoned to take over at second base as soon as the Yankees think he is ready, likely within the first couple months of the season. His best offensive tool is his ability to hit for a high average, but he should also provide 20-to-25 homer power with a handful of steals in his prime years. In addition to his plus hit tool, Torres is a patient hitter with the on-base skills to hit first or second, even in a stacked Yankees lineup. He could add eligibility at shortstop (his natural position) and/or third base if the Yankees utilize his defensive versatility.
Torres was viewed as surplus for the Cubs, a team stacked up the middle of the diamond with young talent. The Yankees were more than happy to take him off Chicago's hands, though, as Torres was dealt to New York as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade. The teenager is just scratching the surface of his potential, having never played a game above High-A. Still, glimpses of future stardom were evident in 2016, as Torres slashed .270/.354/.421 with 11 home runs, 66 RBI and 21 steals as one of the younger players in the Florida State League. Torres has always had above-average speed, but the development of a power stroke would really take his game to new heights. The Yankees are hoping that Torres continues to flash that home-run power as he matures. Torres will likely start the 2017 campaign at Double-A, as it appears he is the shortstop of the future for the Yankees, with Jorge Mateo trying out other positions.
This time last year, Torres was an 18-year-old infielder barely on the radar in the Cubs' system, but he shot up the prospect rankings in 2015, though that was partially due to the Cubs promoting many of their top prospects into key roles during the regular season. He isn't showing much power yet (just five home runs 669 at-bats), but he slashed .293/.353/.386 for Low-A South Bend before a brief promotion to High-A Myrtle Beach. His speed is an asset - he stole 22 bases in 35 attempts for South Bend - and he has shown he can take a walk. The Cubs can afford to be patient with him, but he could be a nice top-of-the-order infielder within a few years.
Torres was one of the top international prospects when the Cubs signed him in 2013. He's also barely 18. While he's shown the ability to take a walk during his brief appearances at the lowest levels in the organization, it's a bit too early to project him for greatness. He has the potential to be a five-tool player, but he's years away from the majors and there are a number of young shortstops blocking his path at the big league level.
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Smacks two-run homer
SSNew York Yankees
October 9, 2020
Torres went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a second run scored, a stolen base and a walk during Thursday's Game 4 win over Tampa Bay.
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Knocks in three
SSNew York Yankees
September 29, 2020
Torres went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer while knocking in three Tuesday to help defeat the Indians in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.
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Receives day off Saturday
SSNew York Yankees
September 26, 2020
Torres isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Marlins.
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Steals late base in loss
SSNew York Yankees
September 26, 2020
Torres went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in a 4-3 loss to the Marlins on Friday.
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Brings home two runs
SSNew York Yankees
September 22, 2020
Torres went 3-for-5 with a double, a run and two RBI during Tuesday's 12-1 win over Toronto.
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