Feb 3, 2016

Former New Jersey Born Mets Outfielder: Andres Torres (2012)

Andres Yungo (Feliciano) Torres was born January 26th, 1978 in Patterson, New Jersey. He attended high school in Miami & then attended Miami Dade College. The five foot ten; outfielder was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 1998 draft. 

 He was brought up for parts of the 2002, 2003, & 2004 seasons with Detroit. He then spent three full seasons in the minor leagues before returing to the majors. In January of 2009 he signed with the San Francisco Giants as a free agent. After playing behind Aaron Rowand that season he became the Giants main centerfielder in 2010. 
 He would steal 26 bases at the top of the order for the World champion Giants, hitting .268 with 16 HRs 43 doubles (4th most in the NL) 8 triples (7th most in the NL) 84 runs scored & a .343 on base %. He played a fine centerfield as well (.995 fielding %).

Post Season: After struggling in the NLDS he hit .350 (7-20) in the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. In the World Series against the Texas Rangers he batted .318 (7-22) with four doubles & a HR in Game # 3 at the Ballpark in Arlington. 

In 2011 he was limited to less games (112) as his numbers fell off, 24 doubles 4 HRs 19 RBIs & 19 stolen bases. In the off season he was traded to the New York Mets for Angel Pagan.

As Pagan & the Giants went on to win the World Series, Torres & the Mets struggled. After batting leadoff & playing centerfield on Opening Day, he got injured missing almost a full month of play. When he returned he hit safely in eight of ten games & drove in eight runs as well. After getting his average up to .310 in mid May he barley was hitting over .200 by the end of June. 

On June 28th his fourth inning tie breaking RBI single off Chris Capuano, ended up being the game winner over The Dodgers. During the Mets horrid July losing streak, Torres had a six game hit streak & drove in four runs. On August 9th during a 6-1 win over the Miami Marlins, Torres had a three hit day that included a HR, a double & a triple with three RBIs. 

On the season he hit .230 with 3 HRs 17 doubles 7 triples 35 RBIs & a .327 on base %. In the outfield his .993 fielding % was 5th best in the league & his six assists in center were also 5th best. 
 In the off season, he signed with his old team, the San Francisco Giants. With injures to Angel Pagan, Torres saw the majority of time in centerfield for the Giants, he hit .250 with 2 HRs 17 doubles & 21 RBIs. He was granted free agency at the end of the season & signed with the Boston Red Sox. In 2014 he played in the minor leagues.

In his nine year career he batted .242 lifetime with 462 hits, 32 HRS, 113 doubles, 29 triples 77 stolen bases, 174 RBIs & a .317 on base %.

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