Former Central High baseball standout Beau Torbert will be inducted into the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Pro Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday.
During the pre-game ceremony for the Sioux Falls Canaries' former outfielder and designated hitter, his No. 7 jersey will be retired. It will be part of a permanent display on the outfield wall of Sioux Falls Stadium.
"It is a big honor," Torbert said.
Torbert played with Sioux Falls in the independent American Association for three seasons (2008-10). He was the American Association Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010. He led the Canaries to their only league title in 2008.
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He was also Baseball America's Independent Player of the
Year for 2010.
He still owns a number of the Canaries' individual hitting records, including a .358 career batting average.
His best season was 2010 when he hit a team-record .394 with 24 home runs (second in the AA) and 100 RBIs (a team record and best in the AA that season).
Torbert broke the AA record for hits in a season with 155, which included 51 multi-hit games and seven four-hit games.
Torbert was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2004 out of Faulkner State and spent four seasons in their minor league organization, getting as far as Triple-A Round Rock in 2007, where he made the Texas League All-Star game. He was released after the 2007 season.
He also got training camp invitations for the Detroit Tigers and the Atlanta Braves but was cut by both teams.
"I had done everything I wanted to do on the field," Torbert said. "It was easy for me to step away. I had no desire to go through what you have to mentally and physically to continue playing.
"I was fine with that. I did everything I could do."
Torbert, who was a coach with the Lincoln Salt Dogs of the American Association last season, is currently the Baseball Outreach Coordinator for the Canaries. He is also a coach with a travel ball team based in Sioux Falls.
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