Xavier Torres played baseball at Valley Central this spring as a left fielder, but his final season with the Vikings was shortened with a fractured hand suffered while hitting.
“It was good up until the point I broke my hand,” said Torres, of this spring. “I came out for a little bit, and I still played.”
Torres’ season with the Vikings may have had its personal shortcomings with an injury, but it was a better season team-wise following a 2018 season that imploded early for Valley Central.
“There was a lot more team chemistry this year,” he said.
Torres was called up to the Vikings at the end of sophomore year. He played two full seasons with the Vikings before graduating at the end of June. Since graduation, Torres can now focus solely on playing summer baseball for the Middletown Cobras senior American Legion team.
“It’s fun,” he said. “We have fun.”
Torres’ future includes moving to Florida there, so he can establish residency in the Sunshine State and hopefully go to college.
And if he can attend college, Torres wants to take his game to another level and play there.
“I would love to,” he said “It’s definitely my main goal.”
Summer legion ball is highly competitive with talented high school players and those who played in college that spring as 19-year-olds.
And Torres is trying to make the best of his busy schedule playing in June and July by getting his batting average close or above the .486 he said was hitting before he fractured his hand.
And if Torres wants to play baseball in college, he has the time this summer to see his potential.
“I want to bring my average up (at the level) before I broke my hand,” he said.