KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The lack of Gleyber Torres to a sprained thumb made for a possibility for Bronx native Andrew Velazquez.
The 27-year-old starred at Fordham Prep and stated he grew up going to Yankee video games.
“That is the place my love for baseball started,” Velazquez stated of the Yankees on Monday, shortly earlier than beginning at shortstop for the Yankees in a wild, 8-6, 11-inning win. “I’m trying ahead to placing the uniform on.”
He ended up going hitless, however scoring a run and making a number of high quality defensive performs at brief earlier than Rougned Odor pinch-hit for him within the eleventh.
Velazquez is from the Morris Park part of The Bronx and was drafted within the seventh spherical of the 2012 draft by the Diamondbacks and reached the majors with the Rays in 2018 after which performed 40 video games with the Orioles in 2020 earlier than signing with the Yankees this offseason.
“Simply telling my dad and mom I obtained activated was nice,’’ Velazquez stated. “I simply wish to assist the workforce win. They’re rolling now.”
The switch-hitting Velazquez had been on the Yankees’ taxi squad in The Bronx after taking part in effectively for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Velazquez, whose favourite participant was Derek Jeter, stated Monday turning into a Yankee was one thing “I sort of felt I manifested since I used to be a toddler.”
He typically went to video games at Yankee Stadium.
“It sort of feels like my [MLB] debut once more,’’ Velazquez stated, who stated after signing with the Yankees this previous offseason that he knew he’d play for them sometime.
“After I was in kindergarten [at St. Francis Xavier], I stated I’d play in Yankee Stadium,’’ Velazquez stated in January. “I’m gonna bust my ass to get there once more.”
Aaron Boone famous that Velazquez hit effectively with SWB this season, the place he had an OPS of .838 in 277 plate appearances- and preferred his velocity. Velazquez had 26 stolen bases in 29 makes an attempt with SWB.