Gleyber Torres, a Venezuelan professional baseball second man baseman and shortstop, was born on December 13, 1998, in Caracas, Venezuela. Born as the son of Eusebio Torres and his wife Ibelise Castro, Gleyber was born with the star sign Sagittarius.
Torres was interested in football from a very young age. He started playing Baseball just in four years as a catcher, pitcher, center fielder, and shortstop. Watching games on TV, his interest in Baseball grew more. Also, in his high school, he used to play basketball but quit as his father wanted him to have a focus on Baseball.
The career of Gleyber Torres
Gleyber’s professional career started after signing up with the Chicago Cubs as an international free agent in 2013, along with the signing bonus of $1.7 million. He made his debut in 2014 in the Rookie-level Arizona league of the Arizona Cubs. He left his imprints then on the career as he hit .297/.386/.440 with two home runs in 50 games for the two teams combined.
Later in 2015, Gleyber promoted to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. There he hit .287/.346/.376 with the three home runs in 487 at-bats over 126 games for the two teams combined. Moreover, he started his 2016 match with Myrtle Beach. He traded to the Yankees for relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman. He began his Yankees career playing the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. His match finished batting .270/.345/.421 with 11 home runs. Later, after the completion of the season, he was assigned by the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League (AFL). He was named as the AFL Most Valuable Player after batting .403 in 76 at-bats with a .513 on-base percentage. Also, he was able to be the youngest player in history to win the AFL MVP. He was the Yankee’s top prospects by Baseball America.
More about his history
In the entering season of 2017 by Baseball America, he listed as the fifth-best prospect in Baseball. He completed his 2017 session with great success. Likewise, in 2018 also, he labeled as the fifth-best prospect in Baseball and the best shortstop prospect by MLB.com. Furthermore, Gleyber optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to begin the year on March 13, 2018. He pulled out of the game after six innings on April 22.
Moving on, Gleyber made his MLB debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 22, 2018, going for 0-4. He hit his first career home run off Josh Tomlin and was able to be the youngest Yankee to homer since John Elis in 1969. Moreover, Gleyber became the fourth-youngest Yankee with 3 extra-base hits and 4 hits and went 4 for 4 with a double with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s against the Baltimore Orioles.
Gleyber hit his 39th career home run on June 19, 2019, and his first career grand slam off of Oliver Drake of the Tampa Bay Rays. Later on August 2, 2019, he hit his second career grand slam against Eduardo Rodriguez of the Boston Red Sox.
About his personal life, Gleyber married his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth. The couple tied a knot in April 2017.