Patrick Teale

Luis Torrens kept up his hot-hitting in Friday's instrasquad game against the Tampa Yankees.

TAMPA, FL - Those who were concerned about how Luis Torrens would look in his first camp back after missing all of last year with should surgery shouldn't be. A standout in Spring Training this year, he was back it again on Friday in a 3-0 intrasquad victory over the Tampa Yankees.

  • Luis Torrens [2-2, run] not only was perfect at the plate in the rain-shortened intrasquad affair on Friday but he once again displayed his center to opposite field power.  He launched a missile line-drive over the centerfielder's head that one-hopped the wall for a double in his first at-bat and then hit another rocket to the right centerfield gap in his second and final plate appearance for a triple.  He scored one batter later on an RBI infield single from Hoy Jun Park [1-2, BB, RBI].
  • He didn't start the game but Tampa reliever Claudio Custodio was one of the better looking pitchers in the Tampa-Charleston tilt on Friday.  He pitched just 1 1/3 inning but it was still very impressive.  He struck out two batters [one looking, one swinging] on the strength of a 93-95 mph fastball and a true hammer plus curveball that averaged 78 mph.  He attempted to mix in a couple of changeups -- a pitch that will need some more work -- but the fastball/breaking ball combination alone appears it can be very, very effective.

Tampa Starting Lineup: Thairo Estrada, Angel Aguilar, Miguel Andujar, Bo Thompson, Austin Aune, Zach Zehner, Ricardo Ferreira, Frank Frias, and Jerry Seitz.

Charleston Starting Lineup: Jeff Kendrix, Kyle Holder, Drew Bridges, Trey Amburgey, Jhalan Jackson, Luis Torrens, Hoy Jun Park, Ryan Krill, Bryan Mendez, and Griffin Garrabito.

  • Charleston left-hander Josh Rogers, last year's 11th round pick out of the University of Louisville, had a very solid outing of his own starting the game.  Pitching against his own team [that's how it works in minor league intrasquad games], he held Charleston scoreless for four innings, scattering two hits and one walk with four strikeouts.  He flashed a couple of above average or better changeups and an above average curveball but for the most part painted his 89-91 mph fastball as his weapon of choice.  He was never really tested on the afternoon.
  • Tampa shortstop Thairo Estrada [1-3, K] was one of four Tampa hitters to get a hit in the loss, singling sharply to centerfield in his first at-bat.  Bo Thompson [1-2], Austin Aune [1-3, K] and Zach Zehner [1-1, BB, HBP] were the only other Tampa batters to get a hit, and none of them went for extra bases.
  • Tampa right-hander Gabe Encinas took the mound against his team and delivered four shutout innings of his own.  While the results were the same as Rogers it sure didn't look the same in any way.  Stuff-wise, Encinas was brilliant at times, sitting mostly 94 mph with his fastball and popping in some plus changeups and plus curveballs.  However, as has been par for the course, his command was spotty, he remains very deliberate on the mound, and he had to work himself out of jams.  He scattered three hits, two walks, and a hit batsman in between five strikeouts, and had to get out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the second inning [which he obviously did]
  • Charleston's Ryan Krill [1-3, run] and Griffin Garrabito [1-3, RBI] each had a double for their lone hits in the victory, and both Trey Amburgey [1-3] and Kyle Holder [1-3, K] had hits in the game too.

Reliever Mark Montgomery pitched a scoreless inning of relief in what gradually became pouring rain before the game was called early, walking one batter and striking out another.  Of course he had the great slider working and one positive sign was his fastball; he was sitting 90-91 mph on Friday.  A year ago in camp he couldn't even break 90 mph.


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