Torrens In No Rush

STATEN ISLAND, NY - Catcher Luis Torrens has bounced around three different teams this season. He started the season with low-A Charleston where he batted .154 before injuring his shoulder nine games into the season. He was sent down to the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League where he rehabbed for five games, and now he is rehabbing with the Staten Island Yankees, but he says he's not rushing his way back.

Since joining Staten Island, Torrens has been tearing up the hitting in the NY-Penn League. In ten games he has a slash line of .385/.429/.967, and has two doubles and two triples with eight runs scored. As one of the youngest players in the league, Torrens is showing everyone he has a chance to succeed at this level and all levels beyond.

“He’s a very mature hitter and he feels comfortable with a bat in his hands,” manager Mario Garza said. “He’s got power to all fields – he’s got easy power.

"One of my favorite things about him is there’s no panic in his swing whatsoever. I’ve seen him as a 16-year-old facing upper 90s and he takes the same approach. It’s really quite impressive to watch a kid without any panic in his body.”

At only 18 years old right now [he turned 18 in May], Torrens is about three years younger than the average player in his league. Throughout his whole minor league career he has been younger than the average player in whichever league he was in. His small success in the minors shows his maturity for his age – especially as a hitter.

“He’s got a pretty good idea of the strike zone,” hitting coach Ty Hawkins said. “Especially for his age, he’s above and beyond for that. The way he handles himself on and off the field – his work ethic – has been tremendous so far.”

Torrens, who has a current nine-game hit streak going, has natural talent at the plate and with his efforts off the field he has a good shot at becoming a real threat when he’s in the batter’s box. According to his coaches, he has an idea of what pitchers are trying to do to him at the plate and when combined with his swing, good things will happen.

“He sees the pitches early,” Garza said. “So he has the ability to lay off close pitches, the ability to see spin and recognize breaking balls. He’s a very tough out for that reason – he doesn’t chase a lot.”

“Hitting-wise he has hit-ability with good hands, good balance through his whole swing,” Hawkins said. "He gets into a good position to hit consistently. And then he’s able to put a good swing on it. That’s what he does well.”

Despite rehabbing for two and half months, Torrens said his swing feels like the way it did before his injury and that he is very confident at the plate right now. His goal for the season is just to get better every day and continue to his position.

“He’s a tremendous talent,” said Garza, a former catcher himself. “The kid has a chance to be one of the next front-line catchers for the Yankees – he really does. He’s young, he’s learning the position because he’s a converted catcher.

"He’s got some of the most natural catch throw-abilities that I’ve ever coached. His hands work very well. We’re working on timing right now, learning the strike zone, communication with umpires – those little intricacies of the position that are going to come next for him.”

As a manager in the Gulf Coast League with the Yankees last season, Garza should have a pretty good understanding of Torrens and the way he plays ball. The manager says that even in this short time he has seen Torrens improve in all aspects of his game. In particular, he’s seen a large improvement in his defensive game.

“He looks crisper defensively,” he said. “Blocking is something we worked on hard last year, and he’s getting there. He’s really working well underneath the ball, specifically on low pitches, he’s working well underneath the ball and catching them clean. I think that’s continued to improve.”

With signs as a top-notch hitter and his defensive improvements, it’s no wonder why Garza believes this young man could be the next front-line catcher in the big leagues - and hopefully for the Yankees.

Some players may get down on themselves when they get injured, especially so early into the season and at such a young age. But not Torrens.

“If something happens, something happens,” he said.

All he can do it accept it and move on. Now that he’s healthy he’s trying to get better each and every day, and he’s in no rush to go anywhere.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nSince joining Staten Island, Torrens has been tearing up the hitting in the NY-Penn League. In ten games he has a slash line of .385/.429/.967, and has two doubles and two triples with eight runs scored. As one of the youngest players in the league, Torrens is showing everyone he has a chance to succeed at this level and all levels beyond.
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\r\n“He’s a very mature hitter and he feels comfortable with a bat in his hands,” manager Mario Garza said. “He’s got power to all fields – he’s got easy power.
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\r\n\"One of my favorite things about him is there’s no panic in his swing whatsoever. I’ve seen him as a 16-year-old facing upper 90s and he takes the same approach. It’s really quite impressive to watch a kid without any panic in his body.”
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\r\nAt only 18 years old right now [he turned 18 in May], Torrens is about three years younger than the average player in his league. Throughout his whole minor league career he has been younger than the average player in whichever league he was in. His small success in the minors shows his maturity for his age – especially as a hitter.
\r\n
\r\n“He’s got a pretty good idea of the strike zone,” hitting coach Ty Hawkins said. “Especially for his age, he’s above and beyond for that. The way he handles himself on and off the field – his work ethic – has been tremendous so far.”
\r\n
\r\nTorrens, who has a current nine-game hit streak going, has natural talent at the plate and with his efforts off the field he has a good shot at becoming a real threat when he’s in the batter’s box. According to his coaches, he has an idea of what pitchers are trying to do to him at the plate and when combined with his swing, good things will happen.
\r\n
\r\n“He sees the pitches early,” Garza said. “So he has the ability to lay off close pitches, the ability to see spin and recognize breaking balls. He’s a very tough out for that reason – he doesn’t chase a lot.”
\r\n
\r\n“Hitting-wise he has hit-ability with good hands, good balance through his whole swing,” Hawkins said. \"He gets into a good position to hit consistently. And then he’s able to put a good swing on it. That’s what he does well.”
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\r\nDespite rehabbing for two and half months, Torrens said his swing feels like the way it did before his injury and that he is very confident at the plate right now. His goal for the season is just to get better every day and continue to his position.
\r\n
\r\n“He’s a tremendous talent,” said Garza, a former catcher himself. “The kid has a chance to be one of the next front-line catchers for the Yankees – he really does. He’s young, he’s learning the position because he’s a converted catcher.
\r\n
\r\n\"He’s got some of the most natural catch throw-abilities that I’ve ever coached. His hands work very well. We’re working on timing right now, learning the strike zone, communication with umpires – those little intricacies of the position that are going to come next for him.”
\r\n
\r\nAs a manager in the Gulf Coast League with the Yankees last season, Garza should have a pretty good understanding of Torrens and the way he plays ball. The manager says that even in this short time he has seen Torrens improve in all aspects of his game. In particular, he’s seen a large improvement in his defensive game.
\r\n
\r\n“He looks crisper defensively,” he said. “Blocking is something we worked on hard last year, and he’s getting there. He’s really working well underneath the ball, specifically on low pitches, he’s working well underneath the ball and catching them clean. I think that’s continued to improve.”
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\r\nWith signs as a top-notch hitter and his defensive improvements, it’s no wonder why Garza believes this young man could be the next front-line catcher in the big leagues - and hopefully for the Yankees.
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\r\nSome players may get down on themselves when they get injured, especially so early into the season and at such a young age. But not Torrens.
\r\n
\r\n“If something happens, something happens,” he said.
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\r\nAll he can do it accept it and move on. Now that he’s healthy he’s trying to get better each and every day, and he’s in no rush to go anywhere.
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