Daury Torrez wasn’t a first-round pick or an international star like some of his fellow teammates in the rotation at Kane County but when the season was over, his numbers were just as impressive.
The Esperanza, Dominican Republic native led the Cougars with 131.1 innings and ended with a WHIP of 1.00. Kane County pitching coach David Rosario said the 21-year-old right-hander adjusted well to his first full season.
“He’s doing pretty good, especially for a young guy,” Rosario said when interviewed last summer and asked about his adjustments. “Its the first time he’s pitching in a long season and so far, so good.”
Rosario added Torrez had some mechanical issue early but they figured it out, made the adjustments, and kept working on it.?
Rosario said one thing the youngster needs to learn is composure. “He’s a guy that’s a strikes thrower. Mechanically, he’s okay but sometimes when pitching in adversity, he tries to do a little bit too much. That comes with age. He’s a young guy but they need to learn to compete and learn to pitch through adversity and handle that mental aspect of pitching.”
That education should continue at Myrtle Beach with Torrez battling Carolina League hitters as the Cubs switch High A affiliates. He sports a fastball in the low 90s that can top out at 95; and also commands a good slider and change-up. Here’s the rest of his player profile:
Name: Daury Torrez, P
Age: 21 (6/11/1993)
Kane County Cougars, Midwest League, Low A (23 G, 11-7, 2.74 ER, 131.1 IP, 21 BB, 81 K, 1.00 WHIP)
Torrez made his pro debut in the DSL for Cubs2 in 2011, throwing 40.2 innings in 16 appearances with a 3.54 ERA and a .271 BAA. The right-hander displayed his command his second season in the DSL with 50 K and only 4 BB in 74.2 IP. He made 13 starts and finished with a 6-3 record and a 1.21 ERA. Torrez’s 2012 performance earned a trip the spring training in Mesa and he stuck around for extended, and became one of the top arms for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League. In this first season in the states, Torrez appeared in 12 games, mostly in relief, but still threw 49 innings, working at least four innings in nine of his outings. He finished the AZL with a line of 4-2, 3.31 ERA, 49 H, 5 BB, 49 K, 1.10 WHIP. Torrez got sent to Kane County and allowed three runs on five hits against Cedar Rapids in his only MWL appearance.
You would think that a young arm in his first full season would wear down as the summer months rolled by—that wasn’t the case for Torrez. After posting a 3.74 ERA in 12 starts during the first half (67.1 IP, 1.13 WHIP), the right-hander turned it up a notch over his last 11 starts with a 1.69 ERA in 64 innings and a 0.86 WHIP. Torrez earned Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honors June 23-29 and displayed his command with 1.4 BB/9. He fanned seven twice, once during his best outing of the season, eight shutout frames against Wisconsin. Torrez still had enough in his tank for the playoffs, allowing two runs over 10 innings in two starts, each lasting five frames and both Kane County wins. He fanned eight and didn’t walk a batter in the playoffs.
Torrez isn’t going to “wow” anyone with his stuff but all he does is get hitters out—at least to this point. He does a great job of staying ahead in counts, hitting his spots, and his fluid delivery allows him to hide his pitches and keep hitters off balance. While he projects as a back of the rotation arm and is a few years away from the big leagues, Torrez is another young arm the Cubs have stockpiled in the minors making a push to the majors. Myrtle Beach should be his proving grounds this summer and don’t be surprised if he puts up numbers similar to those posted in ’14.