May 30, 2023
By Kevin Glew
Cooperstowners in Canada
Canadian infielder Abraham Toro (Longueuil, Que.) has been called up by the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the first game of their series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
The Brewers officially announced the move on Monday afternoon.
In a corresponding move, the Brewers placed outfielder Jesse Winker on the 10-day injured list.
In 43 games with the triple-A Nashville Sounds this season, Toro has batted .258 and posted a .344 on-base percentage. He has one home run, 12 doubles and four stolen bases.
The switch-hitting Toro was 5-for-27 (.185 batting average) with a home run and four RBIs in 11 games for the Brewers during spring training. He returned to Brewers’ camp after going 5-for-15 (.333 batting average) in four games for Canada at the World Baseball Classic.
Originally selected in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB draft by the Houston Astros, the ABC Academy alum made his big league debut on August 22, 2019. He played parts of three seasons with the Astros before being traded to the Seattle Mariners.
In 2022, for the second time in his major league career, he reached double-digits in home runs, belting 10 in 109 games for the Mariners. The versatile Canuck also added 36 runs, 60 hits, 13 doubles and 22 walks. Toro was also one of the Mariners’ top pinch-hitters, going 4-for-12 (.333 batting average) during the regular season.
On December 2, he was dealt to the Brewers by the Mariners, along with Winker for Kolten Wong.
Toro’s big league call-up comes on the heels of the Atlanta Braves promoting right-hander Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) to make his first regular season start since August 3, 2020 on Monday.
Toro is set to become the 14th Canadian to play in the major leagues this season. Baseball Canada has a complete list of current Canadian big leaguers here.