Aaron Boone On WFAN: Torres, Andujar Felt 'Comfortable Right Away'

Mike's On
June 14, 2018 - 6:20 pm
Gleyber Torres is congratulated by Miguel Andujar after hitting a three run home run. His first MLB home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium.

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The Yankees have been one of the highest-scoring teams in all of Major League Baseball through the first few months of the 2018 season, due in large part to the depth of the team's lineup. 

A significant reason for New York's offensive success has been the production at the bottom of the lineup. Rookie infielders Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have both impressed throughout their first season in the majors. Torres is hitting .296 with 12 HR and 30 RBI in 152 at-bats, while Andujar is batting .304 with 8 HR, 28 RBI, and 21 doubles (tied for fifth in MLB) in 207 at-bats.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone joined Thursday's edition of Mike's On and discussed the confidence both rookies have shown in their first extended stint with the team.

"I think that's part DNA, part who they are, part being really good players and talented players, and being able to handle those kind of situations," Boone told Mike Francesa about the confidence Torres and Andujar have displayed in high-pressure situations this season. "I think it's part the organization and the way they kind of raise them up through the minor leagues and preparing them for this moment...

"I think coming up here and immediately feeling like they can be themselves, it allows them to feel comfortable right away. There are so many examples of guys thriving and being impact players from the get-go at a very young age."

It hasn't been all smiles for the Yankees' offense though, as Gary Sanchez has continued to struggle mightily at the plate. 

The 25-year-old catcher is in the midst of a 4-for-53 slump and has watched his average drop all the way down to .190 on the year. Boone decided to sit Sanchez for New York's two-game series against the Washington Nationals earlier this week, but said the catcher has not lost his confidence in himself. 

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"I really don't worry about him from a confidence standpoint or like I need to give him a blow because I think he understands he can really hit," said the Yankees manager about his catcher's struggles. "And I haven't seen that confidence fazed at all. I've seen him a little frustrated. I've seen him perhaps pressing, and I think even for a great hitter like Gary, you go through some struggles and you start chasing hits or you start chasing results. 

"That's when you can fall into being overly aggressive where we see him chasing breaking balls because I think he's up there wanting to get a result so bad. And that's worked against him."

As Sanchez's inability to get on base continues, it appears as if another Yankees starter has finally broken out of his own funk.

After recording a slash line of .151/.186/.215 during the month of May, shortstop Didi Gregorius has seemingly gotten back on-track. The 28-year-old is hitting .270 in 10 games in June, with a .357 on-base percentage and .432 slugging percentage. While those numbers pale in comparison to the shortstop's April dominance, it is a sign that Gregorius has turned the corner from his dysmal May. 

"I think he's through that, no question," Boone said about Gregorius' slump. "I think really for the last couple of weeks, we've started to see him get better at-bats. Obviously mixing in more hits, the power the other night. I do believe that he's through what was a really tough three-four week stretch for him.

"I don't know if he'll ever get back to the April run. I mean that was one of those that we'll probably talk about at the end of his career. 'Remember that month he had in April where he really carried us?' But yes, I feel like he's in a much better place."