- Full name Nicolas Gabriel Torres
- Born 09/23/1999 in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
- Profile Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 155 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
Track Record: Despite limited stature, Torres stood out enough as an amateur in Venezuela for the Phillies to sign him for $665,000 when he was 16. After making his debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2017, Torres continued to show a promising combination of hitting and athleticism in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League last year.
Scouting Report: Torres' two main tools are his hitting ability and his speed. He was hitting .375/.398/.513 through July, and while his numbers dipped in the final month of the season, Torres batted over .300 for the second straight year. There are some unconventional aspects to Torres' swing, but he makes consistent contact and did a better job of hitting to all fields in 2018 after getting pull-happy the previous year. He has minimal power and doesn't look like he will hit mroe than 6-10 home runs per year. Torres is a plus runner with the athleticism and defensive actions to stick in the middle infield, but he has a below-average arm, so the Phillies have developed him at second base, where he could be an average or better defender.
The Future: Torres will have to get stronger to drive the ball with more impact, but his bat and ability to stick in the middle of the diamond make him an intriguing sleeper for the organization.