Corpus Christi Hooks’ infielder Abraham Toro back on track after rough June

Revue de presse

Len Hayward, Corpus Christi Caller Times, July 6, 2019

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Abraham Toro was born in Canada to Venezuelan parents and speaks three languages. Oh, and he’s a pretty good baseball player, too.

The switch-hitting Hooks infielder grew up around Montreal in Quebec and spoke Spanish at home and French while in school. He was fluent in English by the time he was 15 years old.

Photo ci-dessus : The Hooks' Abraham Toro throws the ball to first baseman Seth Beer during the game against the Midland RockHounds, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Whataburger Field. (Photo : Annie Rice/Caller-Times)

He admits he does not use his French much while playing baseball but his fluency in Spanish has come in handy during his career for himself and his teammates.

“I try to help some of the guys who know Spanish that don’t know English, so they can communicate with the coaches or other players,” Toro said. “I use either Spanish or English, I don’t really use my French that much.”

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Photo ci-dessus : Hooks' Abraham Toro catches the ball in the exhibition game against Round Rock Express, Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Whataburger Field. (Photo : Annie Rice/Caller-Times)

Along with his fluency in language, Toro has been one of the most consistent players this season in the entire Astros organization. Toro put together a scorching May where he hit .340 and helped earn him Texas League First-Half All-Star honors. He cooled in June but has continued to show the talent that makes him an under-the-radar prospect in the organization.

Toro is ranked as the organization’s No. 20 prospect by mlb.com and was a non-roster invitee to Astros spring training but has not been as heralded as some other young Astros prospects.

To get to Houston, Toro has spent this season working on spraying the ball around the field.

He admitted he has been a “dead-pull” hitter, and many teams still shift to whichever side of the plate he hits from and knows being able to hit to all fields more consistently will help him move through the Astros system.

“Last year I was a dead-pull guy and this year I’ve done a better job going the other way,” Toro said.

Toro has bounced back from a rough June where he hit .215 but is hitting .455 already in July, which included a 2 for 4 performance on Friday.

“The month of June was very rough for him,” Hooks manager Omar Lopez said. “Right now, he’s on the way to do exactly what he did in May. He’s been good so far and needs to keep the consistency for the last two months of the season and be able to finish.”

Toro has also been working at different positions this season along with his natural position of third base. He has played some at second base and knows he will have to adjust.

“It’s very important,” Toro said. “Let’s say if your bat is ready to go to the big leagues and if you are going to get called up and there are maybe some guys blocking you at one position. So, if you are able to play multiple positions it will help you get to the big leagues.”

The 22 runs the Hooks scored in Thursday’s win against Midland was the second-most runs scored in franchise history.
The Hooks have scored 20 runs or more three times in club history.

The 27 combined runs was the fourth most in Hooks history.

Prior to Friday’s 3-1 loss to Midland, the Hooks had scored 46 runs and had 48 hits in three games. In that same span, the Hooks had 21 extra-base hits.

Note : Len Hayward is the USA Today Sports Network Plains Region Sports Director and the sports editor for the Caller-Times. Consider supporting local journalism with a digital subscription to the Caller-Times

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