Former major leaguer Tony Torcato
agrees to terms on 2006 contract with Chico Tony Torcato
CHICO, CALIF - With less than three weeks before the start of spring training, the Chico Outlaws Thursday made another big off-season move with the announcement that former San Francisco Giants infielder-outfielder Tony Torcato
has agreed to terms to play in Chico in 2006.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Torcato will join ex-Giant and Golden Baseball League MVP Desi Wilson on an Outlaws roster that has to be regarded as one of the strongest in the league.
"We are absolutely thrilled Tony
is coming to Chico," Outlaws general manager Bob Linscheid said Thursday.
As recently as last year Tony
has shown he
can hit at the big league level, and when he
became available it was a no-brainer to bring him on board.I know our fans our going to enjoy seeing Tony
in an Outlaws uniform this year."
The 26-year-old Torcato
ninth professional season, most of which has been spent in the majors or at the triple-A level.A prep star at nearby Woodland High School, Tony
was San Francisco's first round pick (and 19th overall) in the 1998 amateur draft and quickly worked his
way up the Giants minor league system.He
major league debut on July 26, 2002 against the Los Angeles Dodgers
, delivering a single off Hideo Nomo. Torcato
has split each of the last four seasons between San Francisco and triple-A Fresno.Last year Tony
batted .269 with 10 homers and 57 runs batted in for the Grizzlies; in 11 games with the Giants, he
hit .273.Torcato began 2006 playing for the BBC Orioles (Grosseto, Italy) of the Italian Baseball League, but decided he wanted to once again play in the United States, which led to his contacting the Outlaws.
In 43 big league games with the Giants, Tony
batted .298 with no home runs and three runs batted in. In eight minor league seasons, Torcato
owns a career .299 batting average with 48 home runs and 495 RBI.His
best year as a pro came in 2000 when he
hit .341 and drove in 88 runs for the single-A San Jose Giants.