TORONTO — The youngest Yankee is an All-Star, too.
Gleyber Torres, 21, will join the Baby Bomber All-Star party in Washington on July 17. Torres was selected to the American League team Sunday night along with starting right-fielder Aaron Judge, ace Luis Severino and the veteran of the crew, closer Aroldis Chapman.
There is a great chance they will be joined by first-year Yankee Giancarlo Stanton, who is in the Final Vote competition. Stanton has appeared in four All-Star Games, all for the NL as a Marlin.
Judge will be in his second All-Star Game, a fan favorite and one of the new faces of the game, and will be a starter in right field for the second straight season. Severino was an All-Star in 2017 as well but did not pitch.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Severino’s teammates believe Severino should be the starting pitcher for the AL. They also desperately want Stanton to win the vote. Yankees fans will have gone from booing Stanton to voting for him. Quite a turnaround.
Dellin Betances, who has not been scored on over his past 18 games, was not selected after being an All-Star the previous four seasons. He leads the AL with a 15.83 K rate per nine innings, but perhaps if a pitcher is dropped, Betances could get the call.
Torres has burst onto the scene in his rookie year, batting .294 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs over 218 at-bats after being called up April 22. He boasts a .905 OPS. He is currently on the DL with a right hip strain so he won’t be expected to play.
Boone had some fun with Torres, calling the youngster into his office to give him the good news, but first checking on his hip rehab, saying, “You are going to need to get that [hip] right … so when you go to DC next week, you can tip your cap properly,’’ Boone revealed. “Gleyber was excited.’’
Boone said Torres “will probably be out of the game’’ because of the hip.
“It’s super great to be an All-Star,’’ a smiling Torres said. “I’m surprised.’’
Severino (14-2 with a 2.12 ERA) said he does not care if he starts but wants to get on the mound, something he didn’t do last year at the All-Star Game in Miami. “I just want to pitch, I don’t know where or in what spot. It was difficult not to pitch last year.’’
For Judge, this will be his second straight All-Star Game start and he will use the game and festivities as a fact-finding mission as well as a social event.
This year Judge is not participating in the Home Run Derby so he will have more time to add to his baseball knowledge. One player he can’t wait to talk to is Colorado’s Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado.
“Miami was a blur,’’ Judge told the Post. “There were so many different things going on with the Home Run Derby, the All-Star Game, it was a tremendous experience. I always look forward to meeting the other players, get the chance to pick their brain because most of the time we play against these guys there is no time to talk.
“At the All-Star Game you get to hang with them,’’ said Judge, who grew up in Northern California as a Giants fan. “I remember my first at-bat last year, I stepped in the box and there is Buster Posey catching, I felt like a little kid. Arenado is such an amazing player.’’
As for being chosen again, Judge said, “It’s humbling.
“For me it’s all about being consistent. This year I’ve really tried to focus on being consistent with guys on base,’’ said Judge, who has 25 home runs and 58 RBIs. “At times last year I had a lot of guys on base and I didn’t really get the job done. I wouldn’t move ‘em over, get them in. I want to be that guy up in that big situation.’’
Chapman, who is battling a balky knee, was excited to be selected to his fifth All-Star Game and would like to pitch and close out an AL victory. “I’m definitely excited,’’ Chapman said through Yankees translator Marlon Abreu. “It feels good to be recognized.’’
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