SAINT LEO, Fla. –Saint Leo University junior catcher Daniel Torres became the Lions' first draft pick of 2013 when the Seattle Mariners selected him in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday afternoon.
Torres, a three-year member of the Saint Leo baseball team, was selected in the 20th round by the Mariners and was the 597th pick overall.
"This is one of the most special days I have had during my baseball career, completing one of my many goals that I have as a baseball player" Torres said. "To be drafted by a Major League team is awesome and it gave me goose bumps to know my dream is coming true and that I am even closer to reaching my goal of being in the big leagues. I'm so excited to get my opportunity and start playing."
The Clearwater, Fla. native has been a rock behind the plate for the Lions over the past three seasons, this year finishing with a .989 fielding percentage. Torres batted .280 this season in 49 games played with 47 hits, seven doubles, two triples, and 35 RBI.
Torres was drafted in the 46th round by the Baltimore Orioles after the conclusion of his senior year at Countryside High School before enrolling at Saint Leo for the fall of his freshman year.
Just three rounds after Seattle selected Torres, the Tampa Bay Rays selected LHP Rick Teasley in the 23rd round.