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Riccio Mariano Torrez

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[edit] Biographical Information

Riccio Torrez has played in the minors, as has brother Raoul Torrez.

[edit] Amateur Career

Torrez was 1 for 6 with two walks, a hit-by-pitch and five runs as a bench player for the US in the 2005 World Youth Championship. In the 2007 Pan American Junior Championship, he starred for the US, hitting .429/.579/.714 with 7 runs and 6 RBI in six games; only Kyle Skipworth had a better OPS on a team which also included L.J. Hoes, Robbie Grossman and Eric Hosmer. His three doubles tied Matt Holliday's Team USA record for a Junior Pan American Games. He was All-State as a high school junior that year. As a senior, he set a school record with 16 home runs. The Arizona Diamondbacks took him in the 32nd round of the 2008 amateur draft but he continued on to college.

As a regular first base as a freshman at ASU, he hit .280/.371/.480. He excelled as a sophomore, batting .393/.489/.645 with 27 doubles, 65 runs, 54 RBI, 20 steals and 25 HBP in 59 games. He led the Pac-10 Conference in average (Deven Marrero would have led if he qualified) and OBP, was third in slugging, was second to Zack MacPhee in OPS, led in hits (92), was second to MacPhee in runs, led in HBP, tied Adalberto Santos and MacPhee for third in steals, was third in total bases (after Ricky Oropesa and MacPhee) and led in doubles. He faded to .309/.367/.465 as a junior. He did finish third in the Conference with 52 RBI, tied for 5th in steals and tied for second in doubles (17). He made All-Conference at third base.

[edit] Professional Career

Torrez was picked by the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft; Jayson Durocher was the scout. Starting his pro career, he played poorly for the GCL Rays (.231/.259/.365 in 13 G) and Charlotte Stone Crabs (6 for 31, BB, 2B, HR). As Charlotte's regular third baseman in 2012, he hit just .219/.287/.335 while fielding .942. He tied Kyle Roller and Cesar Puello for second in the Florida State League with 16 times hit by pitch and he led his team in runs (52).

Riccio began 2013 with the Montgomery Biscuits but was hitting only .228/.300/.346 after 80 games.

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