2017 REPORT CARDS: CARLOS TORRES

We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season.  We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.

CARLOS TORRES – RHP

THE NUMBERS:  Torres made 67 relief appearances for the Brewers during the 2017 season, going 4-4 with a 4.21 earned run average.  He tallied 56 strikeouts in 72.2 innings of work but successfully converted on just one out of four save opportunities, finishing the year with a WHIP of 1.53.

SEASON REVIEW:  Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent just prior to the start of the 2016 season, the veteran Torres returned for another season in the Brewers’ bullpen in 2017, but didn’t have quite the same success that he did in 2016.  Torres’ season got off to a rocky start as he had a pair of blown saves in April, allowing eight runs in 15 innings.  He appeared to correct course in May, going 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 appearances, but he got rocked in June, giving up 12 runs, ten earned, over 13 relief outings, as he finished the month with an ERA of 6.28.  His July wasn’t much better, but he settled down some in August and September as he saw his workload decreased.

Relying on a low-90’s cutter that is his go-to pitch, Torres has eight seasons of big league action under his belt, making 348 appearances between four different teams.  He has limited closing experience, but he generates a decent amount of groundballs and can pitch on back-to-back nights.

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GAME OF THE YEAR:  Torres had a rough year out of the bullpen, but still managed to turn in his fair share of scoreless outings.  His best may have come against the Colorado Rockies in an 8-4 Brewers loss in August.  Torres entered a game that saw Matt Garza get rocked for eight runs and he proceeded to toss three scoreless innings of relief. He did not allow a hit and struck out three, saving the rest of his bullpen mates.

OVERALL GRADE: D+

OUTLOOK FOR 2018:  The Brewers outrighted Torres off of their 40-man roster in November and he hit the open market as a free agent.  His track record should earn him a look somewhere but he doesn’t appear to be part of Milwaukee’s plans going forward unless it would be on a no-risk minor league deal should the market not be there for Torres.