San Diego, CA- With the 117th overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres have selected Cal Poly outfielder Nick Torres.
Nick Torres, 6-foot-1, was a three-year starter for the Cal Poly Mustangs in right field and lead them to their first Big West Conference title and the program’s first hosted NCAA regional this season.
Nick Torres batted .322 with a 17 doubles, six home runs and 52 RBI, leading the Mustangs in all categories.
In a minor league system filled with excellent pitching prospects, the Padres needed to add offensive talent to a minor league system that desperately lacks impact offensive talent.
The Padres took a step toward improving their system by drafting Nick Torres.
Here is the scouting profile by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com on Nick Torres:
With the typical dearth of college bats, one who performs well is bound to move up boards. Do it while hitting third for one of the better college teams in the country, and you’re bound to make even more noise.
Nick Torres has the kind of offensive profile teams like to see from a corner outfielder. Strong and durably built, Torres has the ability to make hard contact consistently from the right side of the plate. His strength plus ability to square up the ball gives him a good amount of raw power to tap into. While he doesn’t have a gun, he has enough arm for right field, or he could be a solid left fielder at the next level.
Cal Poly had an outstanding 2014 season, and Nick Torres was at the heart of it. His performance and potential with the bat should get him drafted within the first four rounds. - Jonathan Mayo MLB.com