|No. 21 — Christopher Torres, SS
|Acquired: Free Agent, 2014 — Dominican Republic
The New York Yankees initially had a $2.1 million offer on the table for Torres, who showed up out of shape and injured, pushing the Yankees away. The Mariners stepped in and stole Torres for $375,000 late in the signing season. Thus far, it looks like a major coup, considering he’s back in shape, healthy and put up a solid year in the DSL.
Torres, a switch hitter, loves to work counts and is not afraid to swing the bat with purpose or hit with two strikes. He’s an above-average runner with a shot to remain at shortstop for the long haul due to very quick feet and solid-average arm strength that includes a very quick release.
Torres is considered a very instinctual player, which blends well with his game plan at the plate and the athleticism he brings to every aspect of the game.
Torres has a chance to skyrocket up this list in 2016, but it will take a stateside assignment for that to occur, so we’ll see where he is as the spring progresses.