The Yankees’ Jose Trevino is playing more after exceeding expectations

Don’t look now, but the Yankees could have a new starting catcher.

Jose Trevino was back behind the plate on Wednesday night against the Orioles. It was Trevino’s fourth start in the last six games as Kyle Higashioka’s plate troubles continue – and Trevino continues to impress defensively.

As he’s said since Trevino arrived in a trade from the Rangers during spring training, manager Aaron Boone reiterated Wednesday that he believes Trevino and Higashioka make a good “tandem,” and he expects both to play a lot will.

But Trevino has proven to be exactly what the Yankees were hoping for when it comes to pitch-framing and game planning with pitchers — including with Gerrit Cole having his best start to the young season when he scored in his last game against Trevino pitched.

“I was really impressed with the overall package,” Boone said. “I thought we were getting a really good catcher. I would say [my expectations] were surpassed.”

Jose Trevino shakes hands with Ron Marinaccio.
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Jose Trevino
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While Trevino showed more life on the plate to open the season, he started Wednesday with one walk – albeit no strikeouts – going 0-8 in his previous three games.

Since the rest of the offensive line has been more productive lately, the Yankees haven’t relied as much on the bottom end of the lineup, whether it’s Trevino or Higashioka.

Higashioka has been a mess on the plate since leaving Tampa for spring training.

After showing the power the Yankees have liked throughout the spring, Higashioka is only 4-for-36 with a double, one RBI and 11 strikeouts in the season and just 1-for-11 with five strikeouts in his last five games.

Trevino’s extra playing time, Boone said, is “more of a product of Trevino and what I think he is. I still have a feeling Kyle is going to get it going and get that power punch. Bottom line we have two good ones [catchers] who will likely share a lot of game time. … I feel like we’re in such good hands with these two guys.” The Yankees’ Jose Trevino is playing more after exceeding expectations


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