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Jose Torres (minors09)

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Jose Geraldo Torres

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 200 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jose Torres played in the minors and for the Mexican national team.

He was a 39th-round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 2004 amateur draft, one pick before future major leaguer Todd Redmond. He hit .220/.408/.296 for the AZL Rangers that summer, with 33 walks in 44 games, scoring 25 times and going 9-for-11 in steal attempts. He was fifth in the Arizona League in walks, between Marcus Sanders and Wes Long. Returning to the same club in 2005, he batted .254/.349/.426 with 29 runs in 48 games and handled 31 chances error-free in the outfield.

Torres then moved on to the independent leagues. He split 2006 between the Lincoln Saltdogs (.262/.393/.404 in 42 G) and St. Paul Saints (.232/.341/.339 in 31 G). In '07, he was with the Southern Illinois Miners (.209/.351/.297 in 29 G) and San Angelo Colts (.257/.396/.419 in 26 G). In 2008, he hit .345/.501/.579 with 15 homers and 96 runs in 79 games for San Angelo, drawing 68 walks and stealing 27 bases in 29 tries. He was 5th in the United League in average (between Bryan Frichter and Gary Schneidmiller), 2nd in runs (six behind Jonathan Reynoso), tied Palmer Karr for 7th in home runs, 4th in steals (between Daryl Jones and John Anderson), 1st in walks (five ahead of Wyn Diggs), led in OBP (.029 ahead of Aaron Cone), 4th in OBP (between Danny Bravo and Reynoso) and 3rd in OPS (behind Cone and Bravo). He did not win the MVP, which went to Frichter. [1]

Jose moved to the Shreveport-Bossier Captains for 2009 and posted a batting line of .290/.431/.426 with 62 runs, 63 walks and 17 steals (caught 6 times) in 92 contests. He tied for sixth in the American Association with four triples, tied Kennard Bibbs for sixth in walks and was sixth in OBP (between Francisco Leandro and Bibbs). He finished with a .416 career OBP as a pro (.275 AVG, .426 SLG), stealing 68 bases in 83 tries and scoring 287 runs in 391 games.

When Mexico was forced to rely on Mexican-Americans for the 2015 Premier 12 due to a dispute with the Mexican League and Mexican Pacific League, Torres appeared for Mexico. Splitting left field with Roberto Lopez, he had one hit (off former AL ERA champ Freddy Garcia) in 14 at-bats, scoring a run and drawing a walk. He had eight putouts, one assist and one error. He did start the winning rally against Team Canada in the 8th after getting plunked by Phillippe Aumont. [2]