July 3, 2013

Former Lions Impress in Professional Baseball Leagues

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Just weeks after the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft and Saint Leo University's commencement ceremony, former Lions Daniel Torres, Rick Teasley, and Matthew Hewitt are making strides in their professional baseball careers. Torres and Teasley have both made their way across the United States to play for their respective minor league teams, while Hewitt has made the trip to Germany to play professionally.

On June 8, 2013, Torres was selected in the 20th round by the Seattle Mariners, and just three rounds later, Teasley got the call from the Tampa Bay Rays. The pitcher and catcher who played on the same team just months ago are now playing on opposite ends of the country.

Torres, who made his debut with the Arizona League Mariners on June 21, has now played in seven games, earning a .300 batting average in 20 at-bats. Torres collected his first minor league hit on June 22 against the AZL Royals, and has since ignited his bat, collecting six hits, five runs, one double, one RBI, and two walks. Torres' team currently sits in second place in the Arizona League West standings with a 31-25 record.

While Torres headed west, Teasley stayed on the eastern side of the country, making his minor league debut in the Appalachian League for the Princeton Rays on June 24 in Princeton, W.V. In his first minor league appearance, Teasley tossed a 2.1 inning shutout, allowing no hits and striking out two. Since then, Teasley made the move to the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League, a team that currently leads the McNamara division with a 10-5 record, which puts the Renegades in a prime position to participate in post-season play. In his total 4.0 innings pitched thus far in the minors, Teasley has compiled a perfect 0.00 ERA while allowing just four hits and one walk.

While his former teammates are still playing baseball in the United States, Hewitt, a Saint Leo graduate, is now 4,000 miles away from home playing for the Paderborn Untouchables of Paderborn, Germany. In his professional debut on June 23 against the Bonn Capitals, Hewitt tossed five innings, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out five. The Untouchables currently stand in third place in their league with a 13-5 record.

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