When the 2021 season started for Jose Torres he had just 17 games at NC State under his belt from the 2020 season that was cut short, but saw him hit well. In 2021 he picked up where he left off the year before, hitting .289/.343/.533 with 10 home runs in 52 games. That combined with his strong defense at shortstop led to the Cincinnati Reds selecting Torres in the 3rd round of the draft.
With the late draft date in 2021, Jose Torres didn’t get his professional debut out of the way until August 12th when he took the field against the ACL Angels. His stay was short in the complex league, but the infielder picked up a hit in each of his three games – including a home run and a triple – before he was promoted to join the Low-A Daytona Tortugas.
Jose Torres gave the home crowd a preview of what was to come in his debut with a homer in his first game. After a brief slump during his second week with Dayton, Torres turned things around in a big way over the final three weeks of the season. In 18 games he hit .406/.459/.703 to round out the season with seven walks and 10 strikeouts to go with 10 extra-base hits.
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Jose Torres Scouting Report
Position: Shortstop | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 171 lbs | Acquired: 3rd Round (2021)
Born: September 28, 1999
Hitting | Torres has a below-average hit tool.
Power | He has below-average power.
Speed | His speed is average.
Defense | He has plus defense at shortstop.
Arm | He has a plus arm.
Scouts have long loved the defense from Jose Torres. He was drafted out of high school in 2019 by the Milwaukee Brewers, but he opted to head to college instead of sign as a 24th round pick. The bat had been considered a bit light heading to NC State, but in 69 games in the ACC he hit .300/.349/.533 with 13 doubles. Despite good performance in college there were still concerns from scouts about his bat, but just like in college he went out and got things done at the plate and then some – granted it did come in a small sample size of just seven weeks.
The defense is where Jose Torres really sticks out. He’s got plus defense at shortstop as well as a plus arm. Torres can make all of the plays at one of the most valuable positions on the field. The defense gives him a high floor of a potential utility player if his bat is bad. But the more that he can hit the higher that ceiling gets.
In college Jose Torres hit. And so far as a pro he’s hit. If his hit tool, and his power, are actually a little bit better than most scouts are giving him credit for, Torres could turn into a quality starting shortstop at the big league level that can have some impact on both offense and defense.
Jose Torres Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Jose Torres
Small sample size alert, but Torres went 8-15 against left-handed pitching as he posted a .533/.632/1.133 line with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts.
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