40. Torre Langley - Catcher - 5'9 - 175lbs - Throws: Right - Bats: Right
(last year: 29)
Standing at 5-9 and weighing just 175 pounds, there is nothing too striking about Torre Langley. One of the top rated catchers in the 2006 draft, the Marlins took him in the 3rd round and rewarded him with a $422,500 signing bonus. He struggled in his professional debut in 2006, hitting a combined .172/.202/.381 which is certainly nothing to write home about. His career thus far has been a disappointment as well.
Torre Langley was named after former Yankees manager Joe Torre. Compared to Jorge Posada on the offensive end and Pudge Rodriguez on the defensive side, Langley was said to have all the potential in the world. Scouts suggested he would eventually turn into a good power prospect as well, but at this point he is mostly a gap to gap hitter. Although Torre just started catching in high school, his catch and throw skills are well above average, and he has an extremely strong arm as well. He has alot of confidence in himself, bordering on cockiness, but scouts love that about him. He excels on the big stage and isn’t afraid to make a snap throw to first base every now and then.
2007 was definitely an improvement off 2006. He spent the majority of the year in Jamestown, and had a decent .715ops. Of note is that in his short 319 at bat career, Torre has just 20 walks. That's Miguel Olivo territory right there. That's certainly something to pay attention to as his career as a prospect won't last too long if his on base percentage is mainly determined by his batting average.
This season was a definite step back in the development of Langley. He couldn’t hit for average or for power and he couldn’t get on base. His defense has improved but 2009 is now going to be quite pivotal for Torre. He’s still young at 21 years old, but he’ll be repeating Greensboro again and if the numbers don’t show significant signs of improvement, he could be passed on the depth chart by numerous other catchers.