Mike Torres is a utility infielder for the Windy City Thunderbolts in the Frontier Independent baseball league. Torres just finished his 3rd season in the Frontier League is a player that deserves a look at the next level. Starting his college career at the University of Southern California and finishing at the University of Texas where he hit .354 as a Junior. Torres has the numbers that could relate to an everyday second basemen at the next level.
Torres played in all 96 games this past season for the Thunderbolts, where he batted just under .300 at .296. Batting second in one of the most homerun happy lineups could be a reason for his 60 runs scored this season, but Torres still found a way to get on base all 60 times.
Torres spread the ball around the field with 115 hits total that equaled to 19 doubles, 3 triples, and 1 homerun. One number that did standout amongst the rest was his 40 walks on the season. Torres walked at a .5 walks per game that led to helping his .732 OPS and was second most on the squad.
Once on base he was a continual threat to steal a base as he had 36 steals on the season only being caught 6 times.
Playing second base for the most part Torres brings a quick glove that ranges well to his left to close off any ball hit into the hole. Torres up the middle will be one area the kid could improve on slightly if he wants to see time above any level over Rookie or A ball.
If Torres can tighten up his defense a bit, and get his average K per at bat down (1K per 8 AB’s) he deserves a look from a major league team. Playing 3 years of pro ball out of college without a look at the next level is something that isn’t deserved nor needed for a kid out of Southern California.
Torres reminds me of a player similar to Dustin Pedroia without as much pop, I rate him at an OFP of 41.