Torrens Knows He'll Be Better

His confidence is still very high

Luis Torrens was the Yankees' top International free agent signing a year ago and had an okay debut season in 2013, hitting .241 for the GCL Yankees after bypassing the Dominican Summer League entirely. Known for his advanced bat and still garnering the respect of the coaches around the league this season, he knows he's going to be better next year.

"Overall it was a learning year," Torrens said through the help of a translator. "I was mostly getting experience learning from the coaches and from everybody [I could].

"My main goal was to learn better techniques how to catch and I think I learned a ton from all of the coaches and the players."

It's never an easy adjustment for any first-year pro to adjust to facing professional pitching for the first time, but it is especially the case for a 17-year old catcher having to learn to balance all of the work behind the scenes defensively with the work needed in the cages too.

Torrens, however, a former infielder, can't put all of the blame of his so-so numbers on making the transition behind the plate.

"I wouldn't say it was 100 percent that. Some of it was because when the season started I was already tired but I have to make the adjustment and move forward.

"The hardest thing was letting go of the at-bats, the [previous] at-bats. That was challenging for me. I wanted to be able to let them go quicker and have a short memory but it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. That was the hardest thing for me."

While the overall numbers were not eye-popping, the fact is he never really had a prolonged hitless streak in 2013, the longest of which was just four games. In fact he went hitless in consecutive games just two more times over the course of his debut season.

"I had heard the first season is the hardest and obviously it was hard, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

"I feel very good. I've been working very hard and my confidence is up. I'm sure next year is going to be a big year for me."

He also refuses to blame his lackluster offensive production on being the youngest player in the Gulf Coast League either because he doesn't handle himself in such a way -- he has the confidence of a season veteran.

"I knew I was the youngest player in the league but once you start playing you're the same as the other guys. You're in the same boat.

"I know I'm going to hit a lot better next year. I'm going to train hard physically this offseason and mentally to get ready for the season, and on my catching.

"I just know next year is going to be better. I'm not worried about it. I know I can hit and I will hit," he concluded.

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