College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 38 with Arizona State junior infielder Riccio Torrez. The Phoenix, Arizona, native attended Brophy Prep where he won four letters. In his junior season, he hit .430 with 16 homers which were school records in each category. He was also a member of the 2007 USA Baseball Junior National Team as he hit .429 while being named to the All-Tournament Team. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Torrez in the 32nd round but he honored his commitment to Arizona State where he continued his baseball career.
As a freshman in 2009, he appeared in 53 games (40 starts) while hitting .280 (42-150) with six homers and 37 RBI. He spent the summer of 2009 with the Orleans Firebirds hitting .346 with two homers and 11 RBI while playing in 17 games.
Torrez’s sophomore season in 2010 saw him hit at a .393 average (92-234) in 59 starts while hitting 10 homers and driving in 54 runs. He was solid on the basepaths by stealing 20 bases in 24 attempts. He was hit a Pac-10 leading 25 times on the year. Torrez spent another summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Orleans Firebirds again. This past summer saw him hit .155 with a homer and five RBI in 25 games.
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