NEW YORK -- Two weeks of watching Gleyber Torres play for the Yankees hasn't dramatically changed manager Aaron Boone's assessment of his 21-year-old second baseman.But Boone might want to change one word of what he said April 22, the day of Torres' Major League debut."I don't think there's necessarily anything
NEW YORK -- Two weeks of watching Gleyber Torres play for the Yankees hasn't dramatically changed manager Aaron Boone's assessment of his 21-year-old second baseman.
But Boone might want to change one word of what he said April 22, the day of Torres' Major League debut.
"I don't think there's necessarily anything that's, 'Wow,'" Boone said that day of the Yankees' top prospect.
"He's kind of wowed us a lot," Boone said Sunday. "I think what I meant by that was kind of an overwhelming tool or a flashy tool that sometimes you see right away from the elite prospects in the sport. He's not a fast runner. It's not light-tower power. Everything's really good. He has a shortstop's throwing arm. He's really shown good range at second base -- more range than I anticipated, frankly.
"But his instincts are special. This guy can really, really play. Nothing's been too big for him. He's been in some big spots, and whether he comes through or doesn't, from a poise standpoint, he just feels like a really good veteran player at such a young age."
Torres only added to his growing legend on Sunday vs. the Indians, belting a walk-off three-run homer to cap a rally from four runs down in the eighth and send the Yankees to a 7-4 win.
With the latest victory, the Yankees are 14-1 in Torres' first 15 games.
Boone hails Yankees' leaders
The Yankees have been winning, but Boone also like the way his team has come together.
"I feel like we have great leadership, which helps set the tone for the culture in [the clubhouse]," he said.
Boone cited pitcher Carsten Sabathia and outfielder Brett Gardner.
"As good as you could hope for in that role," Boone said. "When your most established guys are also some of your best people, anyone who comes in the organization kind of falls in line with that. What stands out about these guys, to a man, they really care about winning, they really care about each other and there's a selflessness about these guys that's really special.
"It's a really good team, a collection of really good players, but they're really unselfish."
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.