Age is only a number, especially in Major League Baseball. Whether a player is 17 or 39, they have a chance to compete. The newest member of the Cleveland Indians, Lenny Torres is the former of the two.
The 17-year-old, one of the most highly sought after prospects in the 2018 MLB draft, went to the Indians with the 41st pick. Despite only being a teenager, the Beacon, New York native looks at his age and demeanor as an early advantage.
“Being 17 is an advantage to me because I’m still younger and fresher than everyone else and have more upside in the future,” Torres said. “It makes me feel like I can still compete with them and show them that a youngin still can keep up with them.”
While the goal is to do far more than just keep up with the competition, the All-American is not letting the moment of being drafted simply slip by. Getting the call from the Cleveland Indians was a special moment for not only Torres, but also those around him.
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The newest Cleveland Indian explained what that moment meant to him. “Just shocking and very emotional to hear your dreams come true on live television and for all friends and family to be a part of it is just a great feeling.”
He goes on to add that his family and friends didn’t hold back in the initial reaction. Cheers and chanting his name made the moment all that much more special.
“They played a huge role with just being a huge support system and just being there for anything I did or needed,” Torres said.
While friends and family were excited for Torres, it may have been the Cleveland organization that was truly jumping for joy. In Torres, the Indians are getting an attacking pitcher that can hit 94 mph and simply overpower hitters.
The right-hander believes that on the mound it is important to stay calm, though he recognizes and embraces the moments when he has to be aggressive, something he prides himself on.
The aggressive attitude may have always been there on the mound for Torres, the looks he was getting from scouts were short-lived. He believes his baseball career really took off at a national showcase in 2017. It was there where he was hitting 94 mph with ease and drawing in the attention from scouts.
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“Coming in, I was ready for whatever was coming,” Torres said. “Then, leaving, I just felt happy because that’s when all the scouts and agents wanted to talk, so that’s when I realized it was something special.”
A verbal commit to St. Johns, Torres still has plenty of baseballs ahead of him. At only 17-years-old, the best is yet to come for Torres, an idea that has to frighten opposing batters and put smiles on the faces of his teammates.