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Abraham Josue Toro (born December 20, 1996) is a Canadian professional baseball third baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Astros in the fifth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.

Abraham Toro
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Toro at Rogers Centre in 2014
Houston Astros – No. 13
Third baseman
Born: (1996-12-20) December 20, 1996 (age 22)
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 22, 2019, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.218
Home runs2
Runs batted in9
Teams

CareerEdit

Toro attended Polyvalente Édouard-Montpetit High School and Vanier College in Montreal.[1] Toro then attended at Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma, where he played college baseball. In 2016, his only season at Seminole, he hit .439 with 20 home runs and 86 RBIs over 55 games.[2][3] After the year, he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.[4]

Toro signed with the Astros[5] and made his professional debut with the Greeneville Astros, batting .254 with 19 RBIs in 44 games. He began 2017 with the Tri-City ValleyCats[6] before being promoted to the Quad Cities River Bandits in late July.[7][8] In 69 games between the two clubs, he hit .246 with 15 home runs and 33 RBIs.[9] In 2018, he began the year with the Buies Creek Astros, with whom he was named a Carolina League All-Star,[10] and was promoted to the Corpus Christi Hooks in July; for the season, Toro slashed .247/.345/.435 with 16 home runs and 78 RBIs in 133 games.[11] After the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League.[12][13] He returned to Corpus Christi to begin 2019,[14] earning Texas League All-Star honors.[15][16] After slashing .306/.393/.513 with 16 home runs and seventy RBIs over 98 games, Toro was promoted to the Round Rock Express,[17] and hit .424/.506/.606/1.112 with 1 home run and 10 RBI over 16 games for them.

On August 22, 2019, the Astros selected Toro's contract and promoted him to the major leagues.[18] He made his major league debut that night versus the Detroit Tigers, playing third base and going 0-for-4.[19] On September 1, Toro played his second game in his home country of Canada. In the top of the ninth inning, he hit a two out, two run home run to break a 0-0 tie. In the bottom of the inning, he fielded the final out of the game, thus completing Justin Verlander’s third no-hitter.[20][21][22] For Houston in 2019, Toro hit .218/.303/.385/.688 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI over 25 games.

Personal lifeEdit

Toro is of French-Canadian and Venezuelan descent. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.[1][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jake Kaplan (February 20, 2019). "The French-Canadian-Venezuelan who's become an under-the-radar Astros prospect". The Athletic. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Brad Kyle (October 11, 2018). "AFL Astros 2018: Abraham Toro-Hernandez, The Most Interesting Man On The Diamond". The Runner Sports. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Brian McTaggart (June 10, 2016). "Toro-Hernandez brings power, versatility to Astros". MLB.com. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Angel Verdejo. "Astros mine junior college talent to inject youth into system". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Mark Berman (June 12, 2016). "Astros reach contract agreements with three top draft picks". Fox 26 Houston. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Mark Singelais (June 16, 2017). "Tri-City ValleyCats ready to begin path to majors". Times Union. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  7. ^ Steve Batterson (August 16, 2017). "Delayed arrival benefits Bandits' Toro-Hernandez". Quad-City Times. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  8. ^ Brian Achenbach (August 10, 2017). "Toro-Hernandez nabs Astros' Minor League honor". The Dispatch–Argus. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Marc-Antoine Gariepy (May 15, 2018). "Meet our Ambassadors: Abraham Toro". b45baseball.com. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Rodd Baxley (June 11, 2018). "Buies Creek Astros land 4 on Carolina League All-Star roster". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Sonny Jones (January 26, 2019). "Woodpeckers: 68 days and counting - 15 from Creek in Astros' camp". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Bill Mitchell (October 30, 2018). "Abraham Toro Benefits From Arizona Fall League Stint". Baseball America. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  13. ^ William Boor (November 10, 2018). "Astros' Toro trending up after big day in AFL". MLB.com. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  14. ^ Chandler Rome (March 27, 2019). "Astros set minor league rosters to begin 2019 season". San Antonio Express-News. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Len Hayward (July 6, 2019). "Corpus Christi Hooks' infielder Abraham Toro back on track after rough June". Corpus Christi Caller Times. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  16. ^ Len Hayward (June 14, 2019). "Texas League All-Star Game: Four Hooks earn spots on South team". Corpus Christi Caller Times. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  17. ^ RotoWire Staff (August 1, 2019). "Astros' Abraham Toro: Promoted to Triple-A". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  18. ^ Chandler Rome (August 22, 2019). "Astros call up utilityman Abraham Toro from Triple-A". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  19. ^ "Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros Box Score, August 22, 2019". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  20. ^ Rome, Chandler (2019-08-30). "Astros' Abraham Toro makes return to Canada - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  21. ^ Horrobin, Jordan (2019-09-01). "Abraham Toro homers in Justin Verlander no-hitter". MLB.com. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  22. ^ Dansby, Andrew (2019-09-01). "Abraham Toro's heroics lift Justin Verlander, Astros to history". HoustonChronicle.com. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  23. ^ Garrett Brodeur (April 11, 2019). "Abraham Toro: Lesson learned? Only time will tell". Diamond Digest. Retrieved July 10, 2019.

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