Jose Trevino doesn't go there when asked about his old employer. The Yankees Catcherin the midst of the breakout season, which is beginning to attract all-star buzz, doesn't have to be diplomatic and gentle.
But underage teammate Isiah Kiner-Falefa is with the Rangers, and now with the Yankees.
"He's been pretty good in Texas," Kinner Falefa told the post on Friday prior to his match against the Yankees Astros. "There was no doubt that I thought he was going to do this to have this opportunity to do what he is doing now. Texas decision and what they are thinking. It was more important to question what it was. The whole process of signing them and bringing them [before Trebino] didn't make sense to me. "
With the exception of Trebino himself, Kinner Falefa may be one of the only ones to say he's seen this season coming from the age of 29. Trevino rushed into the New York scene, posting .282 / .336 / .470 slash lines, leading all catchers with Baseball Prospectus pitch framing metrics, fWAR and wRC +.
Yankees manager Aaron Boon and star outfielder Aaron Judge will make Trebino a spot for the AL All-Star team earlier this week. approved. This goes uphill and is complicated by the baseball obligation that at least one player be selected as an all-star for every team, but it is undeniable that Trebino needs to participate in the conversation.
"I feel like I'm inside myself," Trebino said. "I feel like I've shown this before. I'm glad it's here now."
Trebino is a former Angels head at a Texas gym called Dynamic Sports Training. He praised the new off-season training routine in collaboration with Reefiocchi, a strength and conditioning coach. He said it helped improve his movements and led to improvements in both defense and plate.
Kiner-Falefa also said that it may have taken some time to return to full strength, causing the lip damage that Trebino dealt with in 2018.
"What he's doing now is seeing him come in the minor league," said Kinner Falefa. "I played with him at almost every level. He's doing it at every level. He won two championships in a minor league with Texas. It's just his type of player.
"In most cases, if he has a decent [pitching] staff, I think he will do big things with it. "
To confirm that, it is none other than the Yankees pitcher.
"I think he's definitely an all-star catcher," Clay Holmes said. "When I played with Jacob Stallings last year (in Pittsburgh), he won a gold glove in NL. Trebino, he's pretty special to be there and I hope he's recognized."