According to Baseball Reference on Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners acquired Canadian infielder Abraham Toro of Longueuil, Quebec from the Houston Astros with pitcher Joe Smith for pitchers Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero. The Mariners become Toro’s second Major League Baseball team after three seasons in Houston.
In 35 games and 109 at bats with the Astros this season, Toro batted .211 with six home runs and 20 runs batted in. He scored 17 runs, and had 23 hits, one double, three stolen bases, nine walks, 42 total bases, an on base percentage of .287, and a slugging percentage of .385.
After two games with the Mariners, Toro has had an impact. In his first at bat for the Mariners on Wednesday in an 8-6 Houston win, Toro hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run off of Astros closer Ryan Pressly. Toro then got the start at second base for the Mariners on Thursday, and collected one base hit in four at bats. The base hit Toro had in the contest was once again a home run, as this blast came in the sixth inning off of Astros’s starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi. Now one must realize Toro’s home run pace will not continue. With the Astros, he only had 11 home runs in 93 games. Who knows if the hot start will give Toro more playing time in Seattle? One may think so.