The Astros mine Oklahoma junior colleges better than anyone, finding four big leaguers in the last six years in Ramon Laureano, Josh James and Dean Deetz (all products of the 2014 Draft) plus Toro (a fifth-rounder out of Seminole State in 2016). He developed slowly until a strong Arizona Fall League performance following the 2018 season fueled a breakout year in 2019, when he batted .324/.411/.527 between Double-A and Triple-A. He made his big league debut in late August and delivered a ninth-inning homer Sept. 1 to provide the winning runs in Justin Verlander's third career no-hitter.
A switch-hitter, Toro has a noticeably better stroke and more power from the left side. After he went homerless in his pro debut, Houston got him to incorporate his legs more in his swing and he since has developed average pop. He controls the strike zone and recognizes pitches well, allowing him to make consistent hard contact.
With a strong arm but fringy speed, Toro doesn't have an obvious defensive home. He's an adequate third baseman with decent range, though he's not going to take Alex Bregman's job, and he's slightly better at first base. He saw some action at second base in 2019 but lacks the quickness to play there for an extended period of time, and he caught briefly in 2017 before the Astros decided his bat was much more advanced than his receiving.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Arm: 60 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45
Yet another prospect unearthed at an Oklahoma junior college by the Astros, Toro batted .439/.545/.849 with more homers (20) than strikeouts (18) at Seminole State in 2016. Scouts inside and outside of the organization believe he's one of the better all-around hitters in the Houston system. He set career highs in most categories last season and continued to open eyes by ranking third in the Arizona Fall League in on-base percentage (.463), slugging (.561) and OPS (1.023).
A switch-hitter, Toro has a better stroke and more power from the left side. Following a homerless pro debut, he started using his legs better in his swing and homered 31 times in his first two full seasons. He's a better hitter than his .248 career average might indicate, making repeated hard contact and drawing a healthy amount of walks.
Toro has a plus arm and reliable hands at third base, though he lacks quickness and has fringy range. He caught some at Seminole State and in his first full season, but his bat was much more advanced than his receiving so the Astros decided to focus on the former. He also played second base during the low Class A Midwest League playoffs in 2017.
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 45 | Run: 45 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
The Astros scout Oklahoma junior colleges more than most clubs and found Toro at Seminole State in 2016, when he batted .439/.545/.849 with more homers (20) than strikeouts (18) for the Trojans. Signed for a below-slot $250,000 as a fifth-rounder, he has yet to post big numbers in pro ball but his potential remains evident. He also may be more versatile than expected, getting some exposure to catcher last year and serving as low Class A Quad Cities' regular second baseman during the Midwest League playoffs.
A switch-hitter, Toro has a better swing from the left side but has improved his right-handed stroke. After going homerless in his pro debut, he started incorporating his legs more into his swing and went deep 15 times in 2017. Though he batted just .249 in his first two pro seasons, he has made consistent contact and shown some aptitude for working walks.
Toro has a plus arm and moves well enough to play an average third base. He caught a little at Seminole State and when the Astros gave him more time there last year they were impressed at how he naturally shortened his arm action to make quicker throws. His receiving had a long way to go, however, and they decided to focus on developing his bat rather than continuing to use him behind the plate.