Torres will weigh professional offer against an opportunity to play with N.C. State; Horwitz shined in the Big South Conference with Radford
Jose Torres of Calvert Hall College, VSN’s 2019 Baseball Player of the Year, and Spencer Horwitz of Radford University, who graduated from St. Paul’s School, were both selected in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball first year player draft, Wednesday afternoon, by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Torres, who has a scholarship to play college baseball at North Carolina State University, was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers with 733rd overall selection. This spring he batted .402, with eight doubles, three triples and seven home runs while leading Calvert Hall to the 2019 MIAA A Conference baseball championship.
A slick fielding shortstop, who could play either middle infield spot in the professional ranks, Torres had 43 hits, 44 RBI and 45 runs scored.
Horwitz batted .268 this spring at Radford, as a junior, with 10 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs, producing a .465 slugging percentage. He had 41 RBI and scored 49 runs.
A first-baseman, Horwitz was an Honorable Mention All-Big South selection in 2019 after being named 2nd-Team All-Big South as a sophomore and as a freshman. He was also a two time All-MIAA pick while at St. Paul’s. He was picked 16 spots in front of Torres (717 overall), by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Also being drafter from the state were Northern-Calvert High outfielder Marcus Lee Sang and University of Maryland pitcher Hunter Parsons, who graduated from Parkside High. Sang was selected in the 11th round (330 overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies and Parsons was picked by the New York Mets in the 19th round (568 overall).
Pictured above: Calvert Hall’s Jose Torres (center) was picked in the 24th round of the MLB first-year player draft. He will have to choose between signing with the Milwaukee Brewers or playing college baseball for North Carolina State University.