Lucas Torres appeared to be ready to pursue his dream of being a professional baseball player in 2021. The outfielder turned catcher had signed with the Los Angeles Angels and was assigned to the Angels squad in the Arizona Complex League. At least, that appeared to be the plan.
Instead, Torres never actually played a game for the Angels. He returned home to Puerto Rico where he allegedly turned to a life of crime. Those decisions came home to roost on Wednesday morning as Torres was reportedly arrested as part of a bust of several alleged hitmen in the Jardines de Montellanos residential area in Cayey.
Lucas Torres: from Los Angeles Angels prospect to alleged hit man
Torres appeared to have a bright future in front of him. He had been lauded as a good athlete with strong hands and a plus arm defensively. His raw bat speed and athleticism gave him the potential to be an intriguing player in the Angels system. While he never actually played for the organization, he had remained active in Puerto Rico, playing for the Toritos de Cayey.
But it is his “day job” that is attracting attention. Torres was arrested as part of an investigation into a pair of murders in Cayey last year. 32 year old Pedro Gabriel Rosa Castro had been killed on August 23, 2022, with Torres allegedly one of the trio of gunmen involved. 33 year old Benjamín Hernández Pereira was later killed on October 3, 2022 by the group that Torres is said to have been involved in. He has been charged with first degree murder, shooting in a public place, destruction of evidence, conspiracy, use of long weapons, and other assorted weapons charges.
It is a long fall for Torres. He had turned away from the grind of professional baseball in search of a larger payout as quickly as possible. Those decisions could result in a lengthy stint in prison for the 19 year old.
Former Los Angeles Angels prospect Lucas Torres has been arrested as part of a bust of alleged hitmen. He is facing a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.