Final 2004 Scouting Report: P, David Torres

The New York Mets drafted David Torres out of the Central Florida University in the 47th round of the 2003 draft. Torres was the first Brooklyn born pitcher to pitch for the Cyclones when he debuted for them in 2004. Here's a scouting report on David Torres. <b>(Free Preview of Premium Content)</b>

Vital Statistics:
Name: David Torres
Position: Relief Pitcher
DOB: March 23, 1981
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

David Torres was born in Bensonhurst and his family eventually moved to New Jersey where he played high school baseball for Hackensack High School before attending Central Florida University. Torres was signed by Joe Bunnell of the Mets on June 6, 2003 after being drafted in the 47th round that year.

Torres made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets in 2003 where he made 15 relief appearances as the right-handed set up man for the K-Mets. After showing good control, Torres was slated to be a part of the Brooklyn pitching staff in 2004 after some work in Extended Spring Training. The Brooklyn native was happy to be playing in front of his family and friends. Torres told the Brooklyn Skyline: ""I was a typical kid in Brooklyn, playing ball off the steps of my apartment and later playing stickball in the schoolyard," he said. "I lived on 68th Street between 20th and 21st [avenues]".

Despite showing some early success for the Cyclones this past season, Torres was the victim of the numbers game and was sent back to Kingsport after the Mets swiped Celso Rondon from the Bombers to help bolster the Brooklyn relief corps. Despite the demotion, Torres responded with a terrific stint with the K-Mets. He showed pinpoint control, posting a better than 7 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. " I try to let the other guys put it in play," he said. "I rely on throwing strikes — not too much can go wrong if I'm throwing strikes. I am trying to get them to hit the ball on the ground from my sinking fastball", Torres told the Brooklyn Skyline.

































* Stats as of 10/1/04

Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball, Changeup.

Fastball. Torres throws a heavy-sinking fastball that sits in the 84-88 MPH range, consistently hovering around 86 MPH. He has excellent command of his fastball and is not afraid to throw it in any count. He has adopted a side-arm delivery that has given him great success against right handed batters.

Other Pitches. Torres throws a decent circle changeup in the 76-80 MPH range and a swerving curveball that is clocked between 72-76 MPH.

Pitching. He sets up his fastball well with his two breaking pitches so he can surprise hitters despite not having a dominant fastball. His herky-jerky delivery and side-arm angle allows him to hide the ball really well and right-handed batters have a hard time picking up his pitches as it appears its gunning right for them. He tends to work lefties outside and that could prove to be a problem area down the road as the advanced hitters will learn to just hit him the opposite way.

Projection. Torres has a chance at becoming a right-handed specialist down the road that comes in to get righties out. He has a bunch of players to beat out in that potential role but his "go get them" attitude and excellent control will aid his cause as he progresses through the system. He does not mess around on the mound and forces the hitters to put the ball in play.

ETA. N/A. The bottom line is Torres will be 24 years old before the start of the 2005 season and he hasn't pitched an inning in low-A ball yet. His slow progression through the system thus far has been more of a numbers game rather than poor performance. He'll have to duplicate his success at the higher levels in a hurry if he's to realize his dream of making the Major Leagues. Torres should be in the Hagerstown bullpen next season and allow people to see if he can continue to get hitters out. He deserves a chance.

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