Alumni Story


September 2015

Daniel Torres ’14

by Anthony Santa ’12

Daniel TorresDaniel Torres was a three-year member of the Saint Leo University baseball team, serving as the Lions backstop. He moved into the ranks of professional baseball when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

At the time, Torres told, “To be drafted by a Major League team is awesome and it gave me goose bumps to know my dream is coming true and that I am even closer to reaching my goal of being in the big leagues. I’m so excited to get my opportunity and start playing.”

Current Alumni Association Board member, Anthony Santa ’12, caught up with Torres recently and had the opportunity to conduct a brief Q&A with his former Saint Leo baseball teammate.

Q: Where were you born and raised?

A: I was born in New Orleans, LA, and raised in Safety Harbor, FL.

Q: What is your current profession?

A: I have been a catcher in the Seattle Mariners minor league system since 2013.

Q: What degree program(s) did you complete at Saint Leo and where did you study?

A: I earned a mathematics degree at University Campus.

Q: What is your favorite memory or memories of your time at Saint Leo?

A: My favorite memory at Saint Leo is when we [the baseball team] created the Harlem Shake video my junior year that was nationally televised across the country.

Q: What are your goals and aspirations?

A: My ultimate goal is to make it to the Major Leagues with the Seattle Mariners. I have been striving for this goal ever since I’ve started playing baseball at the age of 5.

Q: Do you have any advice to current students or alumni?

A: I would just say follow your dreams no matter how far out of reach they may seem. Use the information you’ve received from Saint Leo, whether from in the classroom or on the field/court, to reach those dreams and aspirations.


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