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Christopher Angel Torres is a 5’11”,170 lb. shortstop from Santiago, DR. Born on February 6th, 1998, he signed with the Seattle Mariners as an international free agent during the 2014 signing period for a $330,000 bonus. In his first professional look, he slashed .251/.397/.344 in 64 contests for the rookie-level DSL Mariners2, in the Dominican Summer League. He also made 27 errors for a .900 fielding percentage.
A lateral promotion for Torres would see him play for the AZL Mariners in 2016, in the domestic rookie-level Arizona League. Also a short-season outfit, Torres hit .257/.337/.359 in 44 games, all at shortstop. He committed 14 errors for a .928 fielding percentage, clearly still needing a lot of work.
In 2017, Torres got his first look at the full-season level, with the Everett AquaSox in the single-A Northwest League, appearing in 48 games. For the first time, he showed a little power, hitting six round-trippers and collecting 22 RBI. He also stole 13 bases through his 48 games, slashing out a .238/.324/.435 line. With 64 K’s in 220 plate appearances, and an .896 fielding percentage in 373 innings at shortstop, it’s important to remember that Torres was still at that time a teenager.
On December 7th, 2017, Torres was dealt to the Miami Marlins for Dee Gordon and some slot money, along with Nick Neidert and Robert Dugger. Initally assigned to the rookie-level GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast League, Torres made a pit stop with the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs before spending most of the year in the single-A South Atlantic League with the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
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In 30 games for the Hoppers, Torres slashed .250/.394/.307 with a home run and six RBI, with 21 walks and 30 strikeouts. He was better at shortstop defensively than in the past, with a .938 fielding percentage, but the Grasshoppers used him more prolifically at second base. He put up a .919 stationed at the four, in 27 games of work.
From Torres’ arrival at Batavia through his first week in Greensboro, he went 15-for-34 with two home runs and eight RBI, with five walks and .500 OBP to his credit. On July 19th, he batted second for the Muckdogs and hit a single, a double, and a home run for a total of three RBI in a 13-5 Batavia win over the Williamsport CrossCutters.
Torres is still understandably raw, and should get continued reps at the single-A level with the Miami Marlins new affiliate in the Midwest League, the Clinton LumberKings.
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