Kevin Torres (minors01)

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Kevin O. Torres

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 195 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Kevin Torres played as high as AAA and for the Puerto Rican national team.

The Texas Rangers took him in the 45th round of the 2008 amateur draft; the scout was Frankie Thon. [1] He hit .283/.327/.283 that summer for the AZL Rangers. Backing up Tomas Telis for the 2009 AZL Rangers, he batted .254/.288/.302 and had a rough year throwing out runners, going 1 for 24. He improved to 47% caught stealing with the 2010 Spokane Indians, hitting .188/.254/.250 while backing up Brett Nicholas. He was 1 for 5 with a double, two runs and a RBI for the Criollos de Caguas in his Puerto Rican League debut that winter.

In 2011, he played for both the AZL Rangers (.345/.433/.500, 40 R, 26 BB in 51 G) and Hickory Crawdads (4 for 8, 2B, 2 R). He was 10th in the Arizona League in average. He was named the AZL All-Star catcher. [2] He was 2 for 7 with a walk for the 2011-2012 Ponce Lions as the third-stringer behind Orlando Mercado Jr. and Robinson Cancel. He was with Hickory for all of '12 and posted a .236/.277/.297 batting line while backing up Kellin Deglan. That winter, he was only 4 for 35 with a double for Ponce, splitting catching with Zach Zaneski and Jorge Alfaro. He was used as a 1B/C in 2013 with Spokane (.291/.333/.426 in 39 G), Hickory (.235/.278/.324 in 28 G) and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (.205/.290/.315 in 38 G) and was 0 for 2 for Ponce in the winter.

The Santa Isabel native also split 2014 between Hickory (.226/.284/.377 in 30 G) and Myrtle Beach (.217/.252/.266 in 40 G). In '15, he was with Hickory (.188/.273/.319 in 23 G) and the High Desert Mavericks (.311/.386/.452 in 49 G). He was 2 for 12 with two walks, two runs and a RBI in winter ball for the Indios de Mayagüez. In 2016, he hit .253/.326/.346 for High Desert then he was 1 for 11 with a walk for Caguas in the winter. In his 10th year in the Rangers chain, he made it to AAA for six games with the Round Rock Express and hit well (.300/.364/.500). He was not as good in 17 games for the AA Frisco RoughRiders (.133/.149/.133). He was 1 for 6 with a walk for Caguas in 2017-2018.

Moving on to the independent leagues, Torres hit .276/.322/.393 for the 2018 New Jersey Jackals, one of his few seasons as a starter rather than a backup. He was 3 for 16 for Caguas in the winter. He then backed up Wilfredo Rodríguez with Puerto Rico when they won Gold in the 2019 Pan American Games. He was 0 for 3 and had two putouts and two assists. [3] In the 2019 Premier 12, he and Rodríguez split catching; he was 0 for 4 and had 9 putouts. [4]

Torres was scheduled to become a coach for the Down East Wood Ducks in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19 then did coach Down East in 2021.

Sources[edit]

  1. 2016 Rangers Media Guide, pg. 363
  2. 2012 Baseball Almanac, pg. 391
  3. 2019 Pan American Games site
  4. 2019 Premier 12