SSS rank among all catchers in the system: 6
2020 SSHP Top Prospect Rank: 72
Victor Torres, a native of Puerto Rico, was selected in the 11th round of the 2019 draft, primarily because of his athleticism and defense. According to Perfect Game in their 2018 National Showcase, Torres ran the 60-yard-dash in 6.56 seconds and possesses an amazing pop time of 1.81 seconds. Also, according to Perfect Game, Torres “has good arm strength and repeats his mechanics well.”
Torres struggled on both sides of the ball for the AZL White Sox in his pro debut. Offensively, he slashed just .219/.240/.240 in 96 at-bat,s as he hit just two doubles and walked thrice (3.0%) while striking out 28 times (28.0%). Defensively, Torres had 14 passed balls (and eight errors) in just 26 games, although he did cut down 10-of-33 stolen base attempts for a respectable 30.3% rate.
Torres was off for the entire 2020 season, but most recently played in the Puerto Rican Winter League, where was again pretty mediocre in a small, five-game sample fueled at least somewhat by being six years younger than the average age in the league.
His overall struggles simply may have been Torres just trying to get used to the speed of the game. But with that said, the backstop likely will return to the AZL White Sox for the 2021 season.