Yankees’ Jose Trevino gives offense unexpected boost

Yankees’ Jose Trevino gives offense unexpected boost

BALTIMORE — Jose Trevino arrived from the Rangers, late in spring training, known for his elite framing behind the plate.

But the Yankees catcher’s bat has been making its fair share of noise early in the season, too.

Making his third start of the year Saturday night, Trevino chipped in two more hits and scored a run on the way to a 5-2 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Going 2-for-4 with a double, Trevino improved to 5-for-10 on the season, taking advantage of his playing time and perhaps making a case for more of it. The other half of the Yankees’ defensive-minded catching tandem, Kyle Higashioka, flashed some power in spring training but has started the season just 2-for-21.

“Just doing whatever I need to do, whether that’s get a hit, run the bases, have good at-bats,” Trevino said. “Whatever I need to do, I’ll do.”

After smoking a single in his first at-bat Saturday, Trevino later roped a double to left field in the sixth inning. He eventually came home to score from third, getting a good jump on a wild pitch and diving in head-first to push the Yankees’ lead to 5-2.

Jose Trevino

“That was a huge third run,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Not everyone makes that read on a ball that doesn’t get that far away. He was all over it. That’s a really good play to get us a big [three]-run cushion there.”

With Trevino coming off a 2-for-3, two-RBI effort in Thursday’s win over the Blue Jays, Boone said on Friday that Trevino will “get plenty of looks back there.” However the playing time shakes out, Boone likes the all-around package that Trevino has brought since coming over in a trade from the Rangers.

“He’s been great,” Boone said. “He can really catch, he’s swung the bat well in his starts so far, he’s run the bases really well. … So he’s done a little bit of everything. He’s been great in the room. Excited about what he’s brought so far.”

Trevino took the blame for the two-run homer that Jameson Taillon allowed on a 3-0 pitch to Cedric Mullins in the third inning, saying he should have been more clear with where he wanted the pitch.

But it was otherwise a strong night for Trevino, who also showed off his quick reflexes. In the top of the third inning, he was leading off third base in foul territory when Giancarlo Stanton drilled a bullet right at him. Trevino immediately hit the deck, ensuring he and Stanton could laugh it off instead of dealing with something more serious.

“That was pretty quick, huh?” Trevino said. “I didn’t realize it almost hit me until it was past me. But yeah, it was close.”


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