Yankees backup infielder Ronald Torreyes is a journeyman at the age of 23.
He’s been with five organizations with merely seven major- league at-bats. His first hit as a Yankee was a pinch-hit, two-run triple Wednesday in a 16-6 win over the Astros. He is hitting .429 (3-for-7) in his brief big-league career.
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The 5-7, Venezuelan-born Torreyes was thankful for his chance just to pinch hit. “It’s a very special moment for me to have the opportunity to go out there,’’ he said through a translator. “Just to play here for this team. I was just looking to make good contact and fortunate I got a triple.’’
With the Yankees holding a big lead, his hit was merely a footnote. “That’s part of the game,’’ he said. “This is a really good team. What really matters is that we won the game. If other people have more hits than me, it doesn’t matter.’’
Torreyes originally signed with the Reds in February 2010. In December 2011, he was traded to the Cubs. In 2013, it was on to the Astros, where he remained in the minors until May of last season, when he was sent to the Blue Jays. Less than a month later, he was traded to the Dodgers, where he finally made his major-league debut in September.
Torreyes was traded to the Yankees on Jan. 12 and designated for assignment three days later. He was claimed off waivers by the Angels, who also DFA’d him two days later. The Yankees reclaimed him Feb. 1.
“It’s a challenge, you know, to go from team to team,’’ he said. “I need to understand that it’s part of the business. At the same time, because of all of that, I’ve gotten experience which has brought me to be here today.’’
Torreyes’ role with the Yankees, he said, “is to be prepared 100 percent of the time, either pinch running, playing third, playing short, playing second. Wherever they need me, I got to be ready. That’s my expectation.’’
Torreyes beat out Rob Refsnyder for the utility infielder role. “I wasn’t nervous at all because I understand every day I got to come in and do my job,’’ he said. “The decision was left to management. All I had to do was keep on doing my work.’’
As for how long he might stay with the Yankees’ organization, Torreyes said, “I want to give the best I have. All I can hope for is to have good results.’’