Victor Torres dead at 61

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants say former minor league coach Victor Torres has died. He was 61.

Torres, a hitting coach and instructor in the club's player development department the past six years, died Wednesday in Florida, the team said Friday. No other details were provided.

The Giants said Torres would be deeply missed. General manager Brian Sabean says "Victor was a tremendous person who proved to be a great asset to the organization with his ability to communicate and mentor our young hitters."

Most recently, Torres was hitting coach for the rookie Arizona Giants in 2012, a position he held for five seasons beginning in 2007. Torres had been in professional baseball since 1994 and previously ran his own baseball academy in Puerto Rico and Florida from 1973-1989.