Carlos Torres (pitcher)

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Carlos Torres
Carlos Torres on September 27, 2013.jpg
Torres with the New York Mets in 2013
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1982-10-22) October 22, 1982 (age 35)
Santa Cruz, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 22, 2009, for the Chicago White Sox
NPB: April 20, 2011, for the Yomiuri Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record 30–31
Earned run average 4.04
Strikeouts 439
NPB statistics
Win–loss record 1–2
Earned run average 6.26
Strikeouts 19
Teams

Carlos Ephriam Torres (born October 22, 1982) is a Mexican American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals in MLB and for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

Early life[edit]

Carlos Torres was born in Santa Cruz, California after his father, Jose, emigrated from Zacatecas, Mexico.[1] As a child, Torres moved from house to house in Santa Cruz County's "south county" agricultural region where his father looked for work to support his five children.[2] Before focusing on baseball, Torres played several sports including soccer, football, basketball and track and field.[2][3] His father encouraged his playing sports in order to keep him active and out of trouble.[1][4]

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Torres first began his collegiate career at Allan Hancock College then moved up north to San Jose City College before transferring to San Jose State University, pitching in 20 games, (starting seven) in 2003. He ultimately transferred to Kansas State University in 2004, pitching in 16 games, (15 starts), compiling an ERA of 4.12.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Torres was drafted in the 15th round, 449th overall, in the 2004 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox and signed for $1,000.[5] He worked his way up through the White Sox minor league system, before making his Major League debut on July 22, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Rays.[6] Prior to his call-up Torres had posted an 8-4 record with a 2.20 ERA with the White Sox' Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Scheduled starter John Danks had a blister on his index finger.[7] Torres pitched six strong innings, giving up three runs on two homers and striking out three to record a quality start.[8] On September 3, Torres picked up his first major league victory by defeating Ryan Dempster and the Chicago Cubs 5-0 in a make-up game at Wrigley Field.[9]

Yomiuri Giants[edit]

The Yomiuri Giants signed Torres to a contract on November 16, 2010.[5] At the beginning of the season, Torres was expected to compete for a place in the starting rotation.[10] He earned his first Nippon Professional Baseball win on July 28, 2011 against the Yokohama BayStars.[11]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On December 20, 2011, Torres signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.[12] On August 12, 2012, Torres got his first career base hit, an RBI single off George Kontos of the San Francisco Giants.[13]

New York Mets[edit]

Torres warming up in the bullpen

Torres signed with the New York Mets on November 20, 2012.[14] In 33 games for the team, Torres compiled 86.1 IP, 4-6, 3.44 ERA, 75 K's, and 1.12 WHIP. During the 2014 season, Torres appeared in a career-high 73 games, while compiling a record of 8-6, 3.06 ERA, 96 K's and 1.31 WHIP in 97.0 IP.[15]

For the 2015 season, Torres appeared in 59 games, while compiling a record of 5-6, 4.68 ERA, 48 K's and 1.37 WHIP in 57.2 IP.

On January 22, 2016, Torres was designated for assignment by the Mets.[16] On January 30, the Mets placed Torres on waivers.[17] Torres cleared waivers on the next day and elected free agency.[18]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

The Atlanta Braves signed Torres to a minor league contract on February 10, 2016.[19] He was released on March 31, 2016.[20]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On April 2, 2016, Torres signed a one-year major league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was outrighted to AAA and elected free agency on November 2, 2017.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Torres signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on February 22, 2018.[21] The deal included an invitation to the Indians' major league spring training camp. Torres was released by the Indians on March 24, 2018.

Washington Nationals[edit]

On March 28, 2018, Torres signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals, who assigned him to the Syracuse Chiefs in the Class AAA International League.[22] He appeared in four games for the Chiefs, pitching five scoreless innings.[22] On April 20, 2018, the Nationals selected his contract from Syracuse and placed him on their 25-man roster.[23] He appeared in 10 games for the Nationals, pitching to a 6.52 ERA over 9​23 innings.[22] The Nationals designated him for assignment on May 23, 2018.[24] He declared free agency on October 2, 2018.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rohan, Tim (June 14, 2014). "Mets Choosing Sides in World Cup". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Seimas, Jim (February 6, 2011). "The Road Warrior: Well-traveled pitcher Torres set to embark on baseball career in Japan". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. ^ Seimas, Jim (April 14, 2009). "Pro baseball player Torres among Aptos' latest Hall of Fame class". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  4. ^ Torres, Danny (July 1, 2013). "For the Mets Bullpen, Carlos Torres has Already Shown his Proven Pitch: The Cutter". Latino Sports. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b Seimas, Jim (February 6, 2011). "The Road Warrior". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Merkin, Scott (July 22, 2009). "Torres to start in place of Danks". MLB.com. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Gonzales, Mark (July 22, 2009). "With John Danks sidelined, Chicago White Sox turn to Carlos Torres". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "White Sox rally with 3 in 7th as Rays can't find late-inning magic once more". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 22, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Wise cuts down runner to preserve White Sox's victory over Cubs". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 3, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Coskrey, Jason (January 25, 2011). "Giants' pool of foreign players will have to earn their spot on roster". Japan Times. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  11. ^ Coskrey, Jason (July 29, 2011). "BayStars' Leach loses season debut to Giants". Japan Times. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "Alumni Report: Carlos Torres". MILB.com. September 26, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "Rockies' Torres nearly the hero in his hometown". UT San Diego. Associated Press. August 12, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  14. ^ DiComo, Anthony (November 20, 2012). "Mets agree to Minors contracts with Rice, Torres". MLB.com. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "Mets 101 Player Review Series: Carlos Torres".
  16. ^ "Mets designate Carlos Torres for assignment". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  17. ^ "Mets place Torres on waivers". NJ.com. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  18. ^ "Torres elects free agency after clearing waivers". NJ.com. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  19. ^ Bowman, Mark (February 10, 2016). "Braves add reliever Torres on Minors deal". MLB.com. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  20. ^ O'Brien, David (March 31, 2016). "Braves reliever Carlos Torres opts out, becomes free agent". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  21. ^ Bastian, Jordan (February 21, 2018). "Indians add Torres to their spring bullpen mix". Indians.com.
  22. ^ a b c MiLB.com Carlos Torres Retrieved May 24, 2018
  23. ^ Castillo, Jorge, "Nationals designate A. J. Cole for assignment, call up Carlos Torres," washingtonpost.com, April 20, 2018, 9:55 p.m. EDT.
  24. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 23, 2018). "Nationals Designate Carlos Torres, Recall Erick Fedde". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  25. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 8, 2018). "Players Electing Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 9, 2018.

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