Yankees’ Jose Trevino is ‘made for the big situations’

Yankees’ Jose Trevino is ‘made for the big situations’

When the Yankees traded for catcher Jose Trevino on the final weekend of spring coaching, new teammate Luis Severino thought that they had acquired Athletics reliever Lou Trivino. 

Those that had performed with Trevino earlier than, although, had a greater thought of what was to come back and the potential steal the Yankees had been getting. 

“As soon as we bought him, I knew he was going to thrive right here as a result of he’s that kind of participant,” stated shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who was teammates with Trevino on the Rangers. “He’s constructed for the massive stage. He’s a grinder. He’s a man that each time the lights shine brighter, that’s when he reveals up. In Texas, it was powerful typically, the scenario he was in. It’s superior that he’s within the scenario he’s in now on the most effective workforce in baseball.” 

Trevino delivered his newest clutch second in pinstripes on Friday night time in opposition to the Cubs. He pinch-hit for fellow backstop Kyle Higashioka with two outs within the thirteenth inning and got here by way of with an RBI single for a 2-1 win — his second walk-off hit of the season. 

Jose Trevino celebrates after his walk-off hit in opposition to the Cubs. Robert Sabo for the NY POST

Recognized extra for his protection behind the plate and his work together with his pitching workers — each of which have come as marketed — Trevino has additionally offered a stunning increase on offense. Coming into Saturday, he was batting .290 with a 131 OPS-plus (100 is common), each effectively above his profession averages, by way of 38 video games. 

“It’s only a collective unit, a bunch of fellows which can be making an attempt to do their job the most effective they’ll and do nothing greater than what they’re imagined to do,” Trevino stated. “Each man is dealing with it the best way they’re imagined to and each particular person is popping out ready and able to play.” 

When the Yankees acquired Trevino — for reliever Albert Abreu, whom the Rangers have since designated for task, and minor league pitcher Robert Ahlstrom — they did so for his robust catching abilities. They envisioned a robust defensive tandem with Trevino and Higashioka. The Bronx Bombers figured no matter they bought on offense could be a bonus due to the power of the remainder of their lineup. 

“I really feel like offensively — he doesn’t want to fret about offense. I believe that’s why he’s thriving,” Kiner-Falefa stated. “In Texas, for me and him each, they needed extra out of us offensively. Simply realizing that at the back of your head, typically you strive too arduous. … It says loads about who he’s and the sort of participant he’s. He’s taking all of his effort on protection and he’s thriving on offense as effectively, which is what we wanted as a workforce.” 

The Yankees mob Jose Trevino after the workforce’s extra-inning win over the Cubs. Robert Sabo for the NY POST

Trevino has taken on extra taking part in time of late, particularly as he continues to carry out effectively, but it surely’s nonetheless a comparatively even break up with Higashioka. On Saturday, Trevino made his twenty ninth begin of the 12 months at catcher — the identical variety of video games Higashioka has began. This month alone, Trevino has six begins to Higashioka’s 4. 

“He definitely has earned being in there,” supervisor Aaron Boone stated. “However love what we have now happening with each guys. Clearly wish to get Higgy going a bit of bit on the plate, however Jose’s definitely incomes increasingly alternatives.” 

After flashing his energy in spring coaching, Higashioka has gotten off to a tricky begin at bat within the common season. He was hitting .148 with an 18 OPS-plus by way of 34 video games. 

The 29-year-old Trevino, in the meantime, has turn into a extra well-known identify in The Bronx than when the Yankees first landed him. 

“Trevino has been big for us,” Severino stated. “He’s been so strong all 12 months. He’s sort of made for the massive conditions. … It was an ideal transfer for us.”

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