Abraham Toro

Abraham Josue Toro Hernández

Height: 6'0"    Weight: 206 lbs.

Bats/Throws: Switch / Right

Born: 12/20/1996 in Longqueuil, Quebec, Canada

College: Seminole State College

Suggested Nickname: Fatty Tuna

MLB Debut: 08/22/2019

Acquired: In trade from the Houston Astros, with Joe Smith, for Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero (07/27/2021)

Free Agent after: 2025 season

For a little more than a week in May, Abraham Toro was a good hitter again. Over the course of nine games from May 13-21, Fatty Tuna was a force, going 7-for-23 with a pair of homers. Before and after that, not so much. Overall, Toro has been little better than a black hole in the Mariners' order, yet manager Scott Servais is sending him out there in the starting lineup more often than not despite the fact that there is no split in which he has done well. The switch-hitter has similarly anemic numbers vs. lefties and righties, at night and during the afternoon, at home and on the road, on real grass and fake. At present he serves no useful purpose on the Mariners' roster; his defensive versatility is surpassed by that of Dylan Moore and Sam Haggerty, both of whom can hit as least as much as Toro has, though that's a low bar. It's past time for Toro to be optioned down to Triple-A and his spot be given to someone who might be a capable pinch-hitter. The problem is, no one who fits that bill is readily available. Unless and until someone more appealing comes across the waiver wire or some other sort of deal is made, the M's look to be stuck with Toro, so let's hope he rediscovers whatever it was that made him hit so well in his first few weeks as a Mariner in 2021.

TH, 6/8/22


Prior notes

Spring training stats generally don't mean much—remember when Munenori Kawasaki led the Cactus League in batting?—but for whatever it's worth, Toro had a heck of a spring. The sample is, of course, very small, but batting over .400 with an on-base mark of over .450 is still quite the feat.  Of course, there's no reason to expect that to carry over into the season, and it would serve us well to recall that he started his Mariner tenure similarly hot last August (.312/.387/.459 from his trade to the M's on July 27th through August 31st) only to go ice-cold in September (.183/.259/.260 from September 1st through the end of the season). We won't be able to really tell for a while yet, but it may be that Toro is a streaky hitter that runs hot and cold or that he torches pitchers unfamiliar with him but those he's seen repeatedly know how to handle him. Or neither of those. Or both. He's still not played a full season in the big leagues, so things are still shaking out for the young Canadian.

While he manned second base for the M's in 2021, he came up through the minors as a third baseman and is now being converted into a "super-utility" type. GM Jerry Dipoto's stated goal is for Toro to be "our Ben Zobrist," referring to the former Chicago Cub and Tampa Bay Ray who made three All-Star teams while playing seven different positions. Like Zobrist, Toro is a switch-hitter, though all of his power has thus far been as a right-hand batter (15 of 16 career HRs batting righty). Toro has played third, second, and first in the Majors, and was used in left field some this spring for the first time. We'll have to wait and see if he takes to the role of Swiss-Army-knife or ends up being limited to the infield.

TH, 4/2/22