By Jerry Del Priore
The Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association (AA) of professional baseball league announced today that the Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of outfielder Nick Torres.
The Rangers haven’t named Torres’ landing spot in the organization as of yet.
Torres, 25, played stellar baseball while with Kansas City, leading the team in home runs with five.
In addition, the Lakewood, California, native rapped a sparkling .329 batting average – good for seventh in the league and he was sixth in RBI with 43 on the season. Plus, he pounded out 76 hits in 231 at bats.
Torres went to spring training with San Diego in 2018 but was released on March 28th. He did appear in one Big League Spring Training contest, going 1-for-1 with an RBI.
He spent 2017 with Double-A San Antonio of the Texas League (TL), where the right-handed batter hit .277 with 11 home runs and 61 RBIs. He would finish second on the club in RBI and tilts played at 119.
In 2016, Torres reached Triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), playing in 36 contests while hitting six home runs with 18 RBI and a .308 average. But spent the majority of his time at Double-A San Antonio, batting .282 with six dingers and 40 RBI. Torres’s 28 doubles tied him for Missions’ team lead.
The San Diego Padres selected Torres in the fourth-round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft out of California Polytechnic State University.
As part of the T-Bones’ host family program, he, his wife Korrin and one-and-a-half-year-old beautiful golden retriever, Scout, were residents of The Piper Assisted Living Center. Host families generously open up their homes to Kansas City players, providing them with a room from early-May to mid-September. It makes it financially viable for T-Bone players to pursue their career in pro baseball.
A splendid sight indeed, Korrin and Scout could be spotted at several games, as the lovely pair often played fetch on the grass berm just beyond the outfield fence at T-Bones Stadium. Scout even retrieved one of Torres’ long balls at a Kansas City home game, Korrin scribed on Twitter.
Korrin writes and runs a popular blog titled The Baseball Gypsy, and Scout has more than 32,000 followers on Instagram at @lifeofscout.