Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Torres & Andujar Part Of Exclusive Yankees Class

Gleyber Torres in his Players' Weekend jersey. @Yankees.


When Gleyber Torres hit a two-run home run in the Yankees' 6-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, he joined Miguel Andujar in an exclusive club in franchise history.

This was Torres' 20th homer of the season, while Andujar has 21, making them the first pair of Yankees rookies to hit 20 homers in the same season.


They are the eighth set of rookie teammates to both hit 20 homers, per the Elias Sports Bureau, the first to do so since Cincinnati's Joey Votto and Jay Bruce in 2008.

Torres is now the ninth Yankees rookie to hit 20 homers in a season, and nine of his home runs have come with men on base.

In 93 games this season, Torres is hitting .269 (88-327) with a .339 on-base percentage, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 33 walks,12 doubles and a triple.

Andujar is the lone everyday starter hitting over .300. In 120 games, he is hitting .301, and he has 21 HR and 72 RBI, with 37 doubles. 

The only other Yankees hitting over .300 are Ronald Torreyes, who has just 87 at-bats (with 27 hits) this season in 32 games, and Luke Voit, who is hitting .364 (12-33) in 11 games since coming over from St. Louis in late July.

Torres, at second base, and Andujar at third, are on track to anchor the Yankees' infield for years to come.

They will battle for the Rookie of the Year award, and would mean the Yankees will have won it twice in a row, as Aaron Judge took home the honors last year, walking away.

Judge also came in second in the Most Valuable Player voting, so one has to wonder if Torres and Andujar will get some MVP votes as well considering the difference they made in helping the Yankees go on a big run after a slow start in April.

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