Andrés Torres with the Giants
January 26, 1978 |
Paterson, New Jersey
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Right|
|April 7, 2002 for the Detroit Tigers|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||174|
|Career highlights and awards|
Andrés Yungo Torres Feliciano (born January 26, 1978) is an American professional baseball outfielder, who is a free agent. He has played for the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 Detroit Tigers (2002–2004)
- 2.2 Chicago White Sox organization (2004)
- 2.3 Texas Rangers (2005)
- 2.4 Minnesota Twins organization (2006)
- 2.5 Detroit Tigers organization (2007)
- 2.6 Chicago Cubs organization (2008)
- 2.7 San Francisco Giants (2009–2011; first stint)
- 2.8 New York Mets (2012)
- 2.9 San Francisco Giants (2013; second stint)
- 3 Personal life
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Torres was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and moved to Aguada, Puerto Rico with his family when he was one year old. He played very little baseball as a child in Puerto Rico, and did not become serious about becoming a professional baseball player until he was 18. He attended Dr. Carlos Gonzalez High School and Miami-Dade Community College. At Miami-Dade, he was a track and field star, running the 100 meters in 10.37 seconds. In 1997, the Florida Marlins drafted him in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft, but he chose not to sign. He was then drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft, and that time he signed.
Detroit Tigers (2002–2004)
Torres failed to bat higher than .236 his first two years in the minors, but he did steal several bases. However, in 2000, while playing for the Single-A advanced Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League, Torres posted what was arguably the best minor league season in his career. With Lakeland, he batted .296 while leading the league with 65 stolen bases. During that season, he was promoted to the Double-A Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League for a short period of time; however, he struggled with Jacksonville, batting just .148. Detroit switched their Double-A affiliate to the Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League in 2001; Torres spent the season with them but was limited to 64 games because of shoulder surgery. He batted .294 with 74 hits and 19 stolen bases.
Torres was considered Detroit's "leadoff hitter of the future" in 2002, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. He began the season with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens of the International League but was soon called up by the Detroit Tigers on April 7. He made his major league debut that same day and notched his first hit, a triple against CC Sabathia in a 5–1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He batted .211 and was sent back to Toledo on April 26 after he had no hits in 12 at bats during a series against the Kansas City Royals. In 115 games for Toledo, Torres batted .266, tying Nick Punto for the league lead with 42 stolen bases, tying Omar Infante for fourth in the league in triples (eight), and finishing fourth in the league with 80 runs scored. The Tigers initially chose not to call up Torres in September when rosters expanded; he did not rejoin them until September 20 following injuries to Bobby Higginson and Hiram Bocachica. In 19 games (70 at bats) with the Tigers, Torres batted .200 with 14 hits, three runs batted in (RBI), and two stolen bases.
The next season, Torres failed to make the Tigers out of spring training, but he split the season between Detroit and Toledo. He was called up on April 29 to play centerfield and bat leadoff for the Tigers. After he batted .224 in 23 games, the Tigers traded for Alex Sánchez on May 27 to replace Torres in centerfield and sent Torres to Toledo to make room for Sánchez. He was recalled on June 18 to be a reserve outfielder when Ernie Young was designated for assignment. On this stint, Torres tried to improve his hitting by batting exclusively right-handed, saying, "I feel better from the right side." He batted .208 in 23 games on this stint before being sent back to Toledo on August 2 to make room for A. J. Hinch to return from the disabled list. Torres was recalled one final time, in September. On September 14, Torres hit his first home run, a solo shot off of Jimmy Gobble of the Royals in a 7–2 loss. In 59 games (168 at bats) with the Tigers, he batted .220 with 37 hits, one home run, and five stolen bases. Despite playing only 70 games in Toledo, Torres finished fifth in the International League with 27 stolen bases.
Torres was initially sent to the minors to begin 2004 but was recalled on April 7 without playing a game for Toledo when Dmitri Young broke his leg. He only appeared in three games (and didn't even have a plate appearance) before the Tigers attempted to outright him to the minors. Instead of going to the minors, Torres requested his release. He was granted free agency on April 22.
Chicago White Sox organization (2004)
Just four days after getting released by the Tigers, Torres signed with the Chicago White Sox. He spent the rest of the 2004 season with the International League Charlotte Knights (outside of a six-game rehab stint), batting .295 with 95 hits in 87 games and tying with Jason Tyner for eighth in the league in stolen bases, with 23. After the season he filed for free agency.
Texas Rangers (2005)
On November 16, 2004, Torres was signed by the Texas Rangers. He started 2005 with the Triple-A Oklahoma RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League, but he only played in 15 games (due to a sprained right shoulder) before getting called up by the Rangers on May 15 when Gary Matthews, Jr., went on the disabled list. However, the Rangers designated him for assignment on June 12 and outrighted him to Oklahoma City on June 17 after he batted .158 in eight games with them. Torres suffered a right abdominal strain a week later which ended his season.
Minnesota Twins organization (2006)
Torres signed with the Minnesota Twins on December 25, 2005. He spent the entire 2006 season with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League, batting .236 with them in 116 games and tying for second in the league with nine triples (tied with Joe Thurston behind Wayne Lindon's 12). He became a free agent after the season.
Detroit Tigers organization (2007)
On March 2, 2007, Torres again signed with the Detroit Tigers. He was assigned to Erie, where he was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for April 30 through May 6 after he batted .550. He batted .292 with 17 stolen bases in 85 games before being promoted to Toledo. His 11 triples led the Eastern League despite the fact that he only appeared in 85 games. At Toledo, Torres also batted .292 in 42 games. He was caught stealing bases (six) more times than he stole successfully (five), but in only 42 games, he managed to tie for second in the league with nine triples (tied again with Thurston behind Brian Bixler's 10). Following the year, he again filed for free agency.
Chicago Cubs organization (2008)
On November 20, 2007, Torres signed with the Chicago Cubs. He spent the entire season with the Iowa Cubs of the Pacific Coast League, batting .306 in 118 games with 11 home runs. He finished fifth in the league with 91 runs scored, tied for second in the league with 10 triples (tied with Trent Oeltjen and Nate Schierholtz behind Tim Raines, Jr.'s 13), and led the league with 29 stolen bases. However, the Cubs did not re-sign him and he once again filed for free agency following the season.
San Francisco Giants (2009–2011; first stint)
Torres signed with the San Francisco Giants on January 9, 2009. After a strong spring training, he was named to the Giants' Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder. Except for a minor league rehab assignment, he spent the entire year in the majors. He was placed on the disabled list on April 27 with a strained left hamstring. After a rehab assignment, he was activated on May 26. On June, 15 he hit the 48th "Splash Hit" home run at AT&T Park, against John Lackey in a 9–7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He finished the year with a career high .270 batting average and tied for eighth (along with Craig Counsell, Gerardo Parra, Everth Cabrera, and Juan Pierre) in the National League (NL) with eight triples despite only playing 75 games. In 2010, he became the Giants' official starting center fielder after Aaron Rowand suffered an injury. On the morning of September 12, he woke up with severe stomach pain and was diagnosed with appendicitis. He underwent an appendectomy the same day. He returned to the lineup roughly two weeks later, and on October 1 it was announced that he had won the 2010 Willie Mac Award. He finished the year having led the Giants in stolen bases with 26. Torres had a home run off Colby Lewis in Game 3 of the 2010 World Series. Torres also had one stolen base in the World Series but was caught twice in the postseason.
New York Mets (2012)
In January 2012, the Mets and Torres settled their case of arbitration. Torres earned approximately $2.7 million for the 2012 season.
On April 5, 2012, Torres re-injured his calf--which he had previously hurt during 2012 spring training--and spent much of the early part of the season on the disabled list.
San Francisco Giants (2013; second stint)
On December 13, 2012, Torres agreed to a one-year non-conditional contract to return to the San Francisco Giants.
Torres is married to Soannie Mendoza.
In 2002, Torres was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and began taking medication to treat the condition. His medication has been helpful to him, and he is currently a spokesperson for ADHD. In 2012, Plan A Films produced a feature length documentary about Torres titled Gigante, discussing his ADHD. The film was directed by Chusy Haney-Jardine.
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