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 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.
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Houston Astros activated 3B Abraham Toro.
Houston Astros reassigned 3B Abraham Toro to the minor leagues.
Houston Astros selected the contract of 3B Abraham Toro from Round Rock Express.
3B Abraham Toro assigned to Round Rock Express from Corpus Christi Hooks.
Houston Astros invited non-roster 3B Abraham Toro to spring training.
3B Abraham Toro assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
3B Abraham Toro assigned to Buies Creek Astros from Quad Cities River Bandits.
3B Abraham Toro-Hernandez assigned to Houston Astros.
3B Abraham Toro-Hernandez assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits from Tri-City ValleyCats.
C Abraham Toro-Hernandez assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats from Greeneville Astros.
3B Abraham Toro-Hernandez assigned to Greeneville Astros.
Houston Astros signed SS Abraham Toro-Hernandez.