As we count down to Opening Day we would like to highlight some of the players and coaches we will be cheering on during the 2013 season. Be sure to check out our 2013 Media Guide for more tidbits about our players and coaches.
- Was born in Paterson, NJ before moving to Aguada, Puerto Rico as a youngster.
- A film documenting his life titled “Gigante” was released in the spring of 2012…the goal is to help increase awareness about A.D.H.D., a disease from which Torres struggles.
- Not surprisingly, given his speed, Torres’s main sport through high school was track. He ran the 100 meters, 200 meters and the second leg of the 4×400 relay. His best time in the 100 was 10.37.
- Perhaps no baseball player knows more about running fast than Torres. He has made the cultivation of speed his life’s work. He studies human kinetics and physiology to understand how the body generates speed. He is a student of the books of Tudor Bompa, who writes about a training method called “periodization.’’
- He says he didn’t play baseball seriously until he was almost 18 and a scout suggested he had the talent to be a professional.
- He has a batting cage in the basement of his home in Puerto Rico.