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José Torres

Born: 09/24/1993 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 175
Looks heavier than listed 175, strong backside, square shoulders; deep rock generates momentum, shifts back foot position from middle to 3rd base side of rubber; high, tight leg kick, maintains tall posture, slightly closed; some front leg drift at drive, above-average arm speed, mild stab, deeper arm action, arm up at strike, balanced; slightly inverted at strike, mild crossfire to 3/4 slot
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 04/20/2016
Affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
Dates Seen 4/7, 4/9/16
OFP 50
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 65 94-96 97 Explosive life, armside run, holds plane; generates in-zone swing-and-miss from opposite-handed hitters, can freeze and tie up to inner-third; 70 velo plays down w/ inconsistent command; ball wanders to arm side
SL 55 83-86   Inconsistent execution, hard break with tilt & late bite at higher end, will show with mild hump when he rolls it; can miss bats & generate ground balls

Torres pairs a stoic demeanor with a gnarly fastball and enough slider from the left side to create uncomfortable at-bats. He apparently throws a changeup as well, but employed just the two pitches in each of my looks. The hop on his fastball showed particularly difficult for right-handed hitters to pick up, indicating potential for more than a situational role. Command presently projects to 40 on account of the length of his arm swing, the closed delivery, and the mild crossfire, all of which compromises his timing to slot and overall repeatability. A step forward could put him into high leverage roles in the future, though there's enough stuff to play in middle relief regardless.

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