Last night, Gleyber Torres hit his 12th home run of the year. This number is not remarkable in and of itself, but when we consider that Torres hit just nine home runs in 2021, it’s a damn good sign.
Earlier this past week, Shanti Sepu-Chepuru at MLB.com took a look at Gleyber’s resurgence both in power and overall at the plate. She highlighted his more aggressive approach, his hitting to all fields, and his hard hitting. After, I took a look and found some other details that have helped Gleyber get his power groove back in 2022. His power has increased big time against both fastballs and sliders.
|Fastball 2021||Fastball 2022||Slider 2021||Slider 2022|
Torres was straight up bad against fastballs and downright powerless against sliders in 2021. To wit, his run value per 100 fastballs was a ghastly -2.2; his mark of 0.1 against sliders seems heroic in comparison. In 2022, he’s evened them both out at 0.9 per 100. As a further, more visual illustration of his improvement against fastballs and sliders, take a look at the zone charts below, 2021 first, then 2022.
Look at all that blue turning to all that red. That is a very good thing, folks.
While I don’t think we will ever see a 38 homer outburst from Torres like we did in 2019, the level of power he showed in 2020-21 was borderline unacceptable, especially given his defensive struggles. It’s great to see him hitting the ball hard again. Hopefully, he keeps it up all year.