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Luis Torrens

I'm getting excited that Torrens is putting up some good numbers ...

San Diego Padres Daily Farm Report: July 23

Catcher Luis Torrens had a pair of doubles and is third in the Cal League with 27 doubles. After grinding through May and June, Torrens has posted a .394/.416/.521 line in July with just seven strikeouts in 75 plate appearances. 

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2019-san-diego-padres-top-10-prospects-chat/

Randy (SD): 

    Padres have a number of catching prospects - Allen, Torrens, Campusano and Hunt - seem the furthest along. Any of them have major league potential?

Kyle Glaser: All of them. Allen as a platoon C/1B who mashes righties, Torrens as a backup, Campusano as an everyday guy and Hunt as a power-hitter who has a chance to start. It's a solid catching group

I like Luis Torrens, I think he's a legit prospect and getting better ...

And ... I just realized that he did not come for "free" (ie. via Rule 5) ...

Here's the actual transactions ...

December 8, 2016: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds from the New York Yankees in the 2016 rule 5 draft.

December 8, 2016: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. The San Diego Padres sent Josh VanMeter (December 9, 2016) to the Cincinnati Reds to complete the trade.

So ... Padres gambled and lost on Josh VanMeter ... he's turned out to be a good hitter ... just a bad beat (ie. I think they made a good gamble, it just hasn't gone their way ... yet :-))

From today's DFR ...

Catcher Luis Torrens had a three-hit game to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. When the streak started on July 12, the backstop was hitting .265. Torrens’ big night raised his average to .300. The former Rule 5 pick has had a breakout campaign in the Texas League in 2019. Overall, Torrens is hitting .300/.371/.490 and has improved behind the plate.

This guy has earned being back on our front page 🙂

I think he will be very valuable at AAA next year!

3-for-3 + 2 walks in Game 1 of the Texas League Championship Series!

https://www.milb.com/gameday/drillers-vs-sod-poodles/2019/09/10/584845#game_state=final,game_tab=box,game=584845

https://www.mlb.com/padres/news/cal-quantrill-padres-shut-down

Catcher Luis Torrens received his second start Tuesday night, catching right-hander Ronald Bolaños, his teammate for most of the season in Double-A Amarillo. It's possible Torrens could challenge for a roster spot next spring, depending on how the Padres' catching situation shakes out this winter. Count Barajas among those impressed with the strides Torrens has made.

"To see him go down there and work and understand what was going to make him a big league catcher was huge," Barajas said. "Where we're at right now, we have that luxury to get these guys out there and see what we've got. We've got to see what we have."

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/san-diego-padres-2020-top-10-mlb-prospects-chat/

Mike (San Diego):

    Torrens used up his rookie eligibility, but did you get a sense from evaluators that his performance in Amarillo this year was real and a sign he could be a viable big-leaguer? Safe to assume that using up his third option year in 2020 significantly reduces any potential trade value?

Kyle Glaser: Real in the sense he offers some potential as a backup, yes. The trade value of backup catchers isn't overly high, so that's honestly not something that's a huge factor here.

https://www.mlb.com/padres/news/luis-torrens-joins-padres-catcher-battle

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres' catching competition is officially a three-man race. Luis Torrens has entered the fray.

The battle for playing time behind the plate had largely been billed as a two-man showdown between Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejía. But the 23-year-old Torrens has turned heads with his performance early in camp, and he might be poised to capitalize on some struggles from San Diego's two presumed backstops.

On Wednesday, manager Jayce Tingler was asked to size up his catching competition, and it was perhaps telling that he listed Torrens first among that group.

"Right now it's Torrens, Mejia and Hedges," Tingler said. "I don't think much has really changed. The tough thing is, with three guys, making sure they're getting their at-bats."

Mejía and Hedges are still clear favorites, and it's highly unlikely that the Padres would carry three catchers on their Opening Day roster. But Torrens is at least making the Padres reconsider things, team evaluators say.