Providence High baseball catcher Ray Torres, the reigning SoMeck 8 player of the year, is transferring.
Torres’ father, Ray Sr., told the Observer that Torres will transfer to IMG Academy, a boarding school in Bradenton, Fla.
“This was a very hard decision for Ray and our family,” Torres said in a statement, “but (we) feel like ultimately this is the best choice for Ray. My son works extremely hard in his craft and if he wants to be the best baseball player he can be, then IMG is the perfect place for him. We loved Providence and (are) very thankful for every opportunity they gave Ray. It’s very hard to say goodbye to a great school and amazing program like Providence.”
Torres, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, has committed to Louisiana State. As a sophomore last season, he hit more than .500 with six home runs, 11 doubles and three triples, his father said. Torres was named to USA Today’s N.C. all-state team as well as the N.C. Baseball Coaches All-State team.