Alex Torres: 2015 NL Champion Mets Relief Pitcher (2015)

Alexander Jesus Torres Matos was born on December 8th 1987 in Venezuela. The five foot ten left hander was signed by the Los Angles Angels as an international free agent in 2005. 

Four years later, he was the player to be named later in the Scott Kazmir trade, landing with the Tampa Rays.

He would pitch for the Rays in 2011 & 2013 in their 92 win wild card season. Torres went 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 39 appearances that season. He appeared in three games of the ALDS loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The next year he was traded to the San Diego Padres, where he appeared in a career high 70 games in relief, going 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA. 

Mets Career: Towards the end of Spring Training 2015, he was traded to the New York Mets for Cory Mazzoni.

Trivia: If there is anything Torres is famous for, it is being the first pitcher in MLB to wear protective head gear after league rules allowed it. He certainly looked strange with his thick cushioned hat while pitching.

Torres made his Mets debut on April 9th, 2015 in the third Mets game of the year. He came on to pitch the 7th inning where the Mets were leading 6-0. He walked two batters that both scored when Michael Taylor doubled off Buddy Carlisle. The Mets still won the game 6-3.

On April 19th, he came on to pitch the top of the 9th inning, with the Mets leading the Miami Marlins 5-1. He would give up a HR, four singles 7 wild pitch, but struck out Christian Yelich to end the game & earn a save.

He would see steady action through July, getting credit for seven holds, a save & a blown save. Overall his ERA was 3.15 in 39 appearances. He walked 26 batters in 34.1 innings & left handed batters were hitting .268 against him.

 With no minor league options left in his contract, he was designated for assignment at the end of July.

He eventually cleared waivers & was reassigned to the Mets AAA Las Vegas club. He signed with the Atlanta Braves in December 2015 but was released at the end of Spring Training 2016. He then went on to pitch in Japan.

In his four year career he is 7-4 with a 2.68 ERA, one save, 17 strike outs & 86 walks in 154 innings pitched in 152 appearances. 


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