Beacon Resident Prepares to Play Ball for the Cleveland Indians
The Hudson Valley high school graduate discusses his recruitment to the Ohio team.
Photo courtesy of Lenny Torres
Through the eyes of a child, no dream job seems unobtainable. Princess? You bet. Astronaut? Absolutely. In reality, however, only a rare few achieve those highly coveted aspirations.
Lenny Torres is one of the few. This summer, the Beacon High School graduate is off to play baseball for the Cleveland Indians. During the 2018 MLB draft, he was the 41st selection. We caught up with the talented pitcher to learn how he got his start and what he does in his rare moments of downtime.
Congrats on the recruitment! When did you start playing baseball?
I started playing baseball when I was 4, and basketball and football later on between the ages of 5 and 12. Then everything stopped for baseball.
What was the recruitment period like?
[It] was just a rush. Everything was happening so fast and it was just a fun period to see all the scouts and agents wanting to talk to me and be a part of my journey to (possibly) the big leagues.
What’s up Cleveland! #indians— LennyTorresJr. (@LennyTorresJr02) June 5, 2018
What a freaking night it was
Will you move to Cleveland?
Moving from Beacon to Cleveland won’t be for a while now that I’m in Arizona for who knows how long. If it has to come to moving to Cleveland, then I will since that’s the hometown for the Indians.
What were your stats like in high school?
Player stats from high school that I remember are 76 strikeouts in 40-something innings. I also topped out at 99 a couple times.
Thank you coaches for al the support throughout my highschool career!💪🏼 https://t.co/oCMsM7reTp— LennyTorresJr. (@LennyTorresJr02) June 21, 2018
With so much on your plate, what do you do in your rare moments of downtime?
Other hobbies are just watching TV, mostly ESPN, and hanging out with friends. No other sports as of right now officially, but a pick up game of basketball or just shooting around with friends whenever I can.