Prospect Countdown #76 : Franklin Torres

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #76 : Second Baseman, Franklin Torres (photo : Facebook)

Franklin Torres, Second Baseman

HT : 6'1
WT : 170
DOB : October 27, 1996 (19), in Maracay, Venezuela
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : N/A
Acquired : Signed by Carlos Ramirez, Mauro Zerpa, and Lebi Ochoa as International Free Agent, July 27, 2013
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked

The Los Angeles Angels have a high load of raw middle infield depth, and eventually, some of those will emerge as breakout prospects that will excel at the highest levels. Franklin Torres very easily could be that guy, coming in as one of the youngest, with the most polished middle infield tools of the "raw players."


Torres' swing predominantly comes from his upper body, which leads to inconsistencies with his lower half. Despite lacking a full body swing, Torres does make consistent contact.

While struggling to use his lower half, power is minimal for Torres. He has room to grow physically, but not enough to where much more power can be attained as he currently has a physical frame.

Torres has become much more aggressive at the plate this past season, with an inside-out approach, helping him find fastballs in early counts to take the opposite way. He is still working on his timing.

Defensively, Torres has good footwork and a strong enough arm to sometimes move over to shortstop from second base. He makes some scooping mistakes, which should improve with time as he learns where to focus throughout a play.

In the speed department, Torres files out as slightly above average. He is a threat on the paths, but will likely never be someone teams focus on while he's on the paths.

Torres is about a raw a prospect as they come. He has a nice swing that needs tweaks, and is good enough defensively to not be a liability. There's a lot of work left with Torres, but he's only 19, which means time is his biggest asset.

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After beginning his professional career going 1-for-13, Torres soon went on a tear, hitting .317 with an .802 OPS over the next 17 games, 14 of which he collected a hit. Torres, as a 17-year-old, finished the 2014 season with a .254/.348/.298 slash in the AZL.

Torres kicked off 2015 with a surge offensively, collecting 32 hits in his first 100 at bats of the season, with seven of those hits going for extra-base. Torres struggled towards the tail end of the AZL season and struggled as much with rookie Orem, hitting .184 in his final 21 games. He finished the season with a .263/.343/.320 slash.

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Torres still needs to fine tune some things, which should mean a return to rookie ball in 2016. However, it may be the more advanced of the two affiliates, and a trip to rookie Orem as opposed to repeat in Tempe.

It's too soon to see Torres' full potential, and place a mark on his ceiling or floor. However, he has the raw talents to make something special when pieced all together.

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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.

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