Abraham Josue Toro Hernández
Height: 6'0" Weight: 206
Bats/Throws: Switch / Right
Born: 12/20/1996 in Longqueuil, Quebec, Canada
College: Seminole State College
Acquired: In trade from the Houston Astros, with Joe Smith, for Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero (07/27/2021)
MLB Debut: 08/22/2019
Free Agent after: 2025 season
Well, isn't this a surprise. Acquired in a trade that was initially unpopular among both the Mariners' players and fans, Toro was thought to be a nice pickup that would be useful to the club in a year or two or serve as a trade chip in an attempt to shore up the middle infield. Instead, Toro, primarily a third baseman up to now, has stepped right in to man second base himself and just whaled on the ball. In his first seven games since becoming a Mariner, the switch-hitter has gone 11-for-25 with three homers, posting an unreal OPS of 1.420. Can he sustain a solid performance level the rest of the way? We'll see, but it now appears that Toro is Major League-ready immediately, not just a good piece for next year and beyond, and should he keep mashing like this we'll forget all about GM Jerry Dipoto failing to land a big name like Whit Merrifield by the trading deadline.
The 2019 minor league player of the year for the Astros, Toro posted solid numbers in Double-A and outstanding stats in Triple-A. In 2020’s weird mini-campaign with no minor leagues, Toro was kept on Houston's big-league roster for the season but had less than 100 plate appearances. This year is his first real chance at showing what he can do in the Majors, as with the Astros he was relegated to injury substitution while blocked by established infielders Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, and José Altuve.