Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres said he enjoyed making his MLB debut on Sunday at Yankee Stadium despite going 0-for-4.
"The fans gave me a good (feeling) and I enjoyed the moment," Torres said after the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, according to the New York Daily News' Peter Botte. "I expected to win the game, help my team and enjoy the opportunity and my first time in the big leagues."
The 21-year-old Torres, whom Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com ranked among the top six prospects in the game entering this season, struck out swinging in his first at-bat, hit into a 5-4-3 double play his next time up, fouled out to first and flied out to right field.
"First at-bat, I thought he was really anxious, really excited, you could tell, just the nerves and kind of jumping out there pretty hard," said manager Aaron Boone, who believes Torres' promotion from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is not going to be a short-term move. "But he really settled in and his next two at-bats, with runners on out there again, he controlled the zone a little better ... and laid off some pitches that you know they wanted him to chase. Steps in the right direction."
Wearing No. 25 and playing second base, Torres fielded a groundout in the fifth inning and started a 4-6-3 double play to end the sixth.
"I feel comfortable in all positions," said Torres, who played 321 minor league games at shortstop, 23 games at third base and 14 games at second, "and the most important thing is to help my team at any position and any opportunity."
Teammate Giancarlo Stanton said he was impressed with Torres' potential and believes the young infielder has a bright future in pinstripes.
"He's going to be good, man. He's good already," Stanton said. "I think we all have those moments for our first couple of years. You're still finding yourself, still finding what type of player you are and what type of hitter you are. ... But once you get in-between the lines, it should settle down, at least after the first at-bat."