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Padres roster review: Jose Torres

Padres roster review: Jose Torres
San Diego Padres pitcher Jose Torres. (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster, from A to Z, heading into the 2018 season.

JOSE TORRES

  • Position: Left-handed pitcher

  • 2018 Opening Day age: 24

  • Bats/throws: L/L

  • Height/weight: 6-foot-2 / 175 pounds

  • Acquired: From the Athletics in a December 2015 trade

  • Contract status: Will earn at a rate of $550,200 per season when in majors in 2018; will not be arbitration-eligible until 2020 at the earliest

  • Key stats: 7-4, 4.21 ERA, 1 save, 63 strikeouts, 16 walks, 1.16 WHIP, .244 opponent avg., 68 1/3 innings (62 games)

STAT TO NOTE

  • 10 – Number of homers surrendered to right-handed batters in 2017. Torres allowed three to lefties, who had a .714 OPS over 103 plate appearances. Right-handers posted a .776 OPS, due in large part to a .478 slugging percentage over 181 plate appearances against Torres.

TRENDING

  • Idle – The Athletics signed Torres for $150,000 out of Venezuela in July 2010 and added him to the roster in November 2015, weeks before shipping him, LHP Drew Pomeranz and a player to be named later (Jabari Blash) to the Padres for 1B Yonder Alonso and LHP Marc Rzepczynski. Torres debuted at No. 28 in the Padres system, according to Baseball America, and moved to No. 21 after posting a 2.24 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings across three levels in 2016. He even made his MLB debut (3 IP, 0 ER), posted a 3.24 ERA in the Arizona Fall League and broke camp with the Padres in 2017. It was a busy year, too, as only All-Star LHP Brad Hand appeared in more games than Torres, who posted a 4.70 ERA at Petco Park compared to 3.82 on the road. Although the middle months were unkind (6.56 ERA in June and July), Torres closed strong, posting a 3.27 ERA in August and 0.00 in September.

2018 OUTLOOK

  • A fastball that touched 98 mph in the Arizona Fall League largely sat around 95 mph in 2017. He pairs it with a mid-80s, 11-to-5 curve and a change-up. Torres endured some tough lessons as a rookie, but a strong finish should have him in the middle of a camp battle for middle relief innings this spring.

Padres relief pitcher Jose Torres winds up during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in San Diego.
Padres relief pitcher Jose Torres winds up during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in San Diego. (Orlando Ramirez / AP)

PADRES POWER RANKINGS

(Currently 40 players on 40-man roster)

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Traded away: Jabari Blash

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