Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg
They did pay Torrence in the neighborhood of 125K, so even though he was drafted in the 16th round, they probably felt pretty highly of his abilities.
He probably dropped in the draft due to football.
With with the ridiculous amount of talent they are bringing in for the WR position (Fields, J. Jackson, Posey, D. Carter), plus his little brother (Devoe) getting his scholarship revoked, I could I could see the kid going the baseball route if he has a decent summer.
Oh I agree completely. He dropped because of football and they paid him A LOT more than your usual 16th round kid out of high school. Most kids don't have options like Torrence did. Before the draft last year he said he was planning on playing baseball at OSU too. But he made the right choice obviously to get paid (and still play football).
However, the fact that the Astros think highly of him is even more reason not to rush him IMO. You would think they would have wanted him to build some confidence last year. Instead, all he's thought about the last several months is his .120 batting average and he probably has people in his ear telling him he can't play and he should just pick football.
Oh well, this isn't a Reds discussion, but I found this interesting considering this is a kid from Ohio who is currently playing football for Ohio State and minor league baseball. And I think it's a very interesting "loophole" that kids are allowed to get paid to play minor league baseball, but can still be amateur athletes in football. For all the Nazi-like rules of the NCAA, it really surprises me. But it makes perfect sense so for once they got it right.