Sunday, April 24, 2005

Tony Torcato Report

Tony Torcato, OF, San Francisco Giants
Drafted 19th Overall, 1998 Draft, HS, Woodland, CA
Bats L/Throws R
25 YO, 6'1", 220 lbs

It just isn't going happen for Torcato. I know the Giants keep putting on a brave face for their former first round pick, but there's just not much to warrant giving him a roster spot or at bats. He hits for a decent average, but that's all he's got in his bag of tricks. No pitcher is going to be nervous facing a guy who has a 1 in 4 chance of hitting a single. He doesn't hot for much power, doesn't walk, and isn't a threat to disrupt things on the basepaths on the off chance that he actually does get on base in the first place. He's a middle of the road AAA outfielder given leeway because the organization likes him.

2004 Fresno: .289/.314/.367, 22 2B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 35 K, 395 AB
mL Career: .303/.339/.409, 178 2B, 13 3B, 38 HR, 159 BB, 376 K, 46 SB, 19 CS, 3003 AB

There isn't much call for a corner outfielder who can't put up a 700 OPS in Fresno. He's slready looking up a Jason Ellison and Lance Niekro among his age group, and he's about to be passed by Todd Linden, Fred Lewis, Eddy Martinez-Esteve, Nate Schierholtz, and Dan Ortmeir. In other words, once the Giants get up the nerve to DFA him, you probably won't hear much from him again.

ETA: Opening Day
1 1/2 Stars

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