I’ve personally written about Gleyber Torres fairly a bit not too long ago, however I do not assume that’s with out purpose. When somebody experiences the modifications that Torres has, from the primary half to the second, there’s loads to decide aside about his efficiency. He had a large recreation Sunday afternoon, however just about every thing has fallen off for him within the second half. He’s strolling much less, hanging out extra, not hitting for a lot energy, and all in all has a wRC+ 70 factors decrease than it was within the first half earlier than play started Sunday. In the previous couple of weeks nevertheless, one thing has visually stood out to probably (partially) clarify his apparent struggles on the plate. His swing has regarded uncomfortable and jagged, with fairly the hitch because the bat crosses the plate and into the comply with by.
It has been documented loads, however as a refresher, Torres hit a 130 wRC+ within the first half, on par with hitters like Trea Turner and Kyle Tucker this season. In the second half earlier than Sunday’s recreation, that quantity has been 50, good for the fourth worst of any certified hitter in baseball. As famous, in that drop off, Torres had seen his strikeout price go from 19 p.c to 28.6, and he’d been slugging beneath .300, when he was close to .500 within the first half. It would appear, not less than, that this does not simply occur inexplicably.
Lately, the infielder’s swing has been visibly uncomfortable at occasions. I’m no mechanics skilled, however there’s not less than one thing off sufficient to make it noticeable. On the follow-through of his swing, and even because the bat crosses the plate typically, there appears to be a disconnect. In August I wrote about his hassle hitting non-fastballs, and the way he appeared to be hesitating on them leading to dangerous chases and weak contact. The downside I’m speaking about now’s in a comparable vein. It would all appear to be associated to timing and intent on swinging at sure pitches.
Regardless of the precise challenge(s), the result’s some fairly ugly swings. Here are a few whiffs Torres has had within the final couple of weeks:
The jaggedness on the second half of those swings is seen, and can’t be good grounds for productive contact (or any contact in any respect). His follow-through, together with the swing itself, appears reduce down and disconnected. Notably, all of those follow-throughs are with one hand as effectively. This is just not an inherently dangerous factor by any means, loads of nice hitters have a one-handed follow-through, it is largely a matter of choice and circumstance. But, let’s take a look at a few nice swings Torres had in June and July, when he was at his finest this season:
These are little doubt spectacular swings, displaying some legit energy the opposite method a lot of the time. It can also be exhausting to ignore the truth that Torres has a two-handed follow-through on these swings. This is clearly not the case 100% of the time, and it would not have to be, however these swings are Torres at his finest. The movement as a complete is way more fluid, with out that hitch on the again half.
It is value noting too, that almost all of those are balls hit to the other area, so maybe the seen struggles of late may very well be partially attributed to Torres being in a pull-happy mindset. Which once more, is just not an inherently dangerous factor, however the outcomes of no matter it’s he could also be doing converse for themselves.
There are probably loads of issues to level to and decide aside in Gleyber Torres’ disparate halves of this season, even facets like this that are seen to the bare eye. But because the Yankees proceed to be bit by the damage bug and roll out a lineup that appears increasingly more like a AAA one, Torres discovering his A-swing and returning to type turns into increasingly more important. Hopefully, Sunday’s two-homer recreation is a signal of higher issues forward.