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Friday, April 19, 2013

Jessie Torres, Home Run - 2468

Jessie Torres didn't hit a lot of home runs, but he hit one this night in August 1992.

Torres hit the home run, and picked up a second hit, all while knocking in two, according to The Beaver County Times.

Torres only hit three other home runs in a career that lasted just four seasons. He also didn't get a home run, or an opportunity to get any kind of hit, above AA.

Torres' career began in 1988, taken by the Pirates in the 64th round of the draft, out of the College of Southern Idaho. He'd actually been taken by the Pirates a year earlier in the 44th round, out of Nampa High School in Idaho, but Torres didn't sign.

With the Pirates, Torres didn't make it to the field until 1989. That year, Torres played at rookie Princeton, hitting .252 in 39 games. He also hit his first two home runs.

For 1990, Torres moved to single-A Augusta. He got into 51 games there, hitting .243. The catcher went 1 for 2 in one August 1990 contest, sacrificing over a runner.

Torres saw time at three different levels in 1991, 23 games back at Augusta, four at high-A Salem and his first 14 games at AA Carolina. Between the levels, he hit .209. At Carolina, Torres picked up just two hits in 30 at bats.

Torres got just one more year as a pro. He split time in 1992 between Salem and Carolina. He got a home run at each, his third and fourth as a pro, ending his career short of the majors.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,082
Made the Majors: 658 - 60.8%
Never Made Majors: 424-39.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 287
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 169

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