It has been reported today that pitcher Carlos Torres will start the season at the Major League level with the New York Mets as a member of their bullpen. With that news it seems like a good time to give a refresher on exactly who Carlos Torres is.
Torres has been a middle reliever for the bulk of his career, making 77 appearances in the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies and last season with the Mets, but has made only 15 starts at the top level. He has a career 4.76 ERA and a career WHIP of 1.379.
Despite him being a reliever for most of his tenure in the Majors Torres has zero career saves.
Last season, in his first year as a Met, Torres appeared in 33 games, making 9 starts, both the highest of his career. With the added workload he produced his best season in the Bigs with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.112 WHIP, more than a run and .5 baserunners per inning better than he has posted in any other year. His 86.1 innings pitched was also a career best, topping the 53.0 innings he tossed as a member of the Colorado Rockies the previous season.
The 31 year old right hander has pitched 6 innings so far this spring and has yet to surrender a run.
His versatility absolutely played a role in his being named to the opening day roster so early, as he would act as the Mets spot starter if the need were to present itself, but he could also feature as a long reliever or a situational righty. He performed well enough last year in all of these roles to earn himself a job to start the season this year. Another factor is the fact that the Mets, plainly stated, do not appear to have a very strong bullpen coming into the season, and he is one of their best options to come out of the pen.