Astros’ Fifth Round Pick – Abraham Toro-Hernandez (Seminole State)
With the 157th pick, the Astros take Toro-Hernandez, who played third base for Seminole State. He is a Canadian baseball player who’s family originates from Venezuela. He is a senior, so you have to wonder if he is a senior pick for the Astros. He doesn’t have the opportunity to return to play baseball so that the Astros can sign him for a $100,000 instead of the full slot value.
Via the Canada Baseball website, Tori hit “.439 while belting 14 doubles, five triples, 20 homers and 86 RBIs in 55 games in what is known as a hitter’s conference. Played third base this year, can throw 92 mph off the mound, but catching is an option.”
Toro will have to outplay several other prospects at to win the third base job eventually, but his bat could be used down the road. Looking at his stats, I believe that he is more than just a senior selection. He also has a little speed stealing eight bases in 2016.
Draft Slot Value: $344,300
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