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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly outfielder Nick Torres hit .329 in 55 games for the independent Kansas City T-Bones and led the American Association in hits (76), doubles (20) and RBI (43), sparking the interest of the Texas Rangers earlier this week.
A member of Cal Poly's 2014 Big West Conference championship team, Torres signed a contract with the Rangers on Tuesday and was assigned to the Round Rock Express of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
A fourth-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres in the 2014 Major League Draft, Torres played four years in the Padres organization before he was released late in spring training.
At Kansas City, Torres produced at least one hit in each of his first 12 games and 44 of 55 contests, including a stretch of hitting safely in 20 of 21 games ending June 27. He produced 25 multiple-hit games in 55 contests with the T-Bones.
Torres, who went 16-for-33 (.485) with 10 RBI in his last eight games at Kansas City, has singled twice in two games at Round Rock.
Torres, his wife Korrin and their golden retriever, Scout, were living at the Piper Assisted Living Community in Kansas City, Kansas, through a unique arrangement made possible by the T-Bones and the care center itself. Read a story from the Kansas City Star on the interesting living arrangement by clicking here.
Several other ex-Mustangs are swinging hot bats well into the month of July.
Alex McKenna, 3-for-19 in his first six games with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League, has gone 16-for-44 (.364) in his last 11 contests to lift his average 144 points to .302. Included in the run is a two-homer game against the Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday.
Speaking of the Cyclones, catcher Nick Meyer (pictured at left) sports a .306 average. He had a nine-game hitting streak through July 9 and doubled in three straight games July 14, 17 and 18. Last week he was faced with the challenge of catching Major Leaguers Noah Syndergaard and Jason Vargas, who were on rehab assignments. Read a story from ConeyConvos by clicking here.
Brian Mundell hit .329 in June for the Hartford Yard Goats with a six-game hitting streak to close out the month. He is hitting .263 overall with 31 RBI in 88 games.
Zack Zehner is hitting .269 at Trenton while Peter Van Gansen sports a .265 mark at San Antonio.
On the mound, Spencer Howard has earned three wins in his last four starts with a 1.88 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 24 innings at Lakewood. He went the distance (seven innings) with a three-hitter in a win over Asheville on July 12 and, on Wednesday, tossed six scoreless innings at Hagerstown, striking out eight in each game.
Slater Lee is 2-1 with a 1.20 ERA and two saves for the Vermont Lake Monsters. Trent Shelton, who retired 22 of 24 batters in his first four relief stints for the Arizona Rookie League's Padres, surrendered four runs and six hits in two innings against the Giants Orange on July 12. Shelton has not allowed a walk and has struck out 15 over 10 2/3 innings.
Cal Poly's two Major Leaguers are Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger, who went 0-for-2 in his first All-Star Game appearance Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Bud Norris.
Haniger is hitting .272 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI while Norris has 17 saves in 19 opportunities with a 3-2 record and 3.05 ERA. View a video of Haniger prior to the All-Star Game by clicking here.
The trio of ex-Mustangs in Triple-A are outfielders Zack Zehner (Wilkes-Barre) and Nick Torres (Round Rock) along with infielder Mike Miller (Pawtucket). Pitcher Chase Johnson (Richmond), second baseman Mark Mathias (Akron), first baseman Brian Mundell (Hartford) and middle infielder Peter Van Gansen (San Antonio) are in Double-A.
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Photo above of Nick Torres courtesy of the Kansas City Star