29-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Alex Torres in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Alex Torres Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal with the Braves in December of 2015 which includes an invite to spring training.
Torres was released by the Braves on Wednesday, David O'Brain of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Alex Torres: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Alex Torres.
Most of the attention that Torres received was the result of the bulbous protective pitching helmet he wore below his cap beginning in mid-June of last season. His ERA swelled to 5.04 over his final 25 innings after he pitched to a 1.86 mark prior to trying the headgear. Torres posted a reverse platoon split last season, while spending the entire 2014 campaign in the Padres' bullpen. Of the 33 free passes he issued, 25 came against left-handed batters (21.0% BB%), and the struggles against lefties were a completely new element in his profile after he fanned them at a 35.2% rate in 2013 while carrying a tidy 5.7% walk rate. For the second straight season, his numbers at home were much better than on the road, as he benefited from the pitcher-friendly tendencies of Petco Park after enjoying the confines of Tropicana Field and the Rays' quality defense in 2013. With a return to form against lefties, Torres has the makings of a quality late-inning reliever.
Torres was called up by the Rays in May to provide an extra arm in the bullpen, but he quickly established himself as a regular in the relief corps for the remainder of the season. Torres worked as a starter in the minors, but pitched entirely out of the bullpen in the majors. In 39 games, he posted a 1.71 ERA and had a strong strikeout rate of 9.6 K/9. He proved to be an important addition to the bullpen and even made three appearances in the ALDS against Boston. Torres is a versatile left-hander who can work as a situational specialist in high-leverage innings or throw multiple innings of long relief, and he has an effective fastball/changeup combination that serves well in a relief role. Torres is expected to work as the Padres' primary left-hander out of the bullpen after being acquired from the Rays in a seven-player deal in January.
Another solid pitching prospect in the Rays' farm system, Torres had a mixed bag of results in his first full season at Triple-A Durham. A quick look at his numbers, a 3.08 ERA and 9.59 K/9IP, would suggest a successful season. However, Torres once again battled control problems and finished the season there with a 5.10 BB/9IP. The season at Durham almost mirrored his results in 2010 showing that while he puts a lot of men on base, his strikeout ability keeps him from allowing a lot of damage. While the Rays love the strikeouts, they'll likely send him back to Durham to work on his control to start the season. Torres could work himself into the Rays' pitching picture as soon as later this season although it would likely be out of the bullpen.
Torres turned in a solid season at Double-A Montgomery, finishing with a 2.77 ERA and 150 strikeouts over 142.1 innings. His biggest concern is the high walk rate; for the second straight season he walked close to one batter for every two innings pitched. He's not as big of a prospect as Matt Moore or Alexander Cobb, but the talent is definitely there. Look for him to start the season at Triple-A Durham with the possibility of getting a late-season callup.
Torres was one of the pieces to come over from the Angels in the Scott Kazmir trade. He started the season pitching at High-A, posting a solid 2.75 ERA and 1.288 WHIP. He struggled with his command with a 32:22 K:BB ratio in 34 Double-A innings. This year will decide if he becomes a situational lefty or takes the next step towards becoming a starter. Don't expect to see him with the big club until 2011 at the earliest.