The Keepers: – C – Juan Torres

99. Juan Torres – C –

 
Not too many Mets fans have heard of Juan Torres, but that might change real soon.

 
Torres was signed as an undrafted international free agent, out of his hometown of Valencia, Venezuela.

2006 was his entrance into organized ball, where he played all over the infield for the VSL Mets. Good debut: .279/.362/.370/.731, in 165-AB.

 
2007 was spent with the VSL Mets, as a third baseman, and he shined: .298/.357/417/774, but 29 errors.
Torres was converted to a catcher and played the entire 2008 season for the GCL Mets, batting .293/.300/.414 in 58 at bats.
In 2009, he split time with GCL and Kingsport, where he hit well in both. GCL stats: .345/406/517 in 29 at bats, followed by .328/.350/448 in 8 at bats in Kingsport.

 
His combined 2008/2009 stats are: 145-AB, .317/.342/.448… only downside: only 3-BB, but 29-K.
1-1-10 Summary: – Torres has hit at three levels, though he wasn’t a fulltime during the past two seasons. He’s proven he couldn’t field adequately in the field and seems to have made the conversion to catching. Now, he needs to go first string for some team, regardless whether it is K-Port, Brooklyn or Savannah. He signed as a 16-year old, so he obviously is young enough not to rush.
6-17-10: – St. Lucie has a catcher you need to keep an eye 2008 where he was a backup, hitting .293 in 58-AB, and split time between the GCL Mets and Kingsport last year, hitting .333 in 87-AB. You may see a pattern here. He can hit. You may also see another pattern. He’s been a backup since leaving Venezuela. He did have three hits last night for Lucy and it will be interesting to see if he gets a shot while he’s there. My guess is that Kai Gronauer will be promoted from Savannah as soon as the Sand Gnats finish the first half of their season. This would reunite him with his 2009 platoon buddy, Jean Luc Blaquiere (.195), who is stuck in a year long “effondrement”…on. Juan Torres is a 21-year old product of the old VSL-Mets team. He hit .279 for the 2006 team, came back in 2007 and hit .298, went to the GCL Mets in
2011 Forecast: Torres wound up having a meh “half-season” for Savannah, going .234/.281/.359/.640, in 145-AB. He also hit 3-HRs, with 19-RBIs. I have no idea where he’ll start 2011… I have prospects Albert Cordero and Juan Centeno splitting time in Savannah and Blake Forsythe and Dock Doyle in St. Lucie. I guess Torres will go to which team decides to carry three catchers in 2011.

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