Monday, April 18, 2011

Torres Named IL Pitcher of the Week

Bulls pitcher Alexander Torres has been named International League Pitcher of the Week. Here's a clip from the press release:
In his first two starts of the season, Durham's Triple-A rookie hurler Alexander Torres made quite an impression. The 5'10" left-hander did not allow a run in either start, striking out a total of 17 batters to easily outdistance the rest of the League for the week. Monday night in Charlotte, Torres worked 5.0 shutout innings in his Triple-A debut, giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out nine. He left with a 3-0 lead, but the bullpen didn't hold it and the Bulls fell, 4-3. Back home Saturday night against Gwinnett, Torres picked up his first win of the season. Nearly as unhittable as in his first outing, Torres tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight. Now two starts into his Triple-A career, Torres is tied for the League lead with a 0.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts.
23-year-old Alexander Torres was signed by the Angels as a non-drafted free agent in 2005. In August of 2009, he was dealt to Tampa Bay as part of the package for LHP Scott Kazmir. Last season, his first full campaign at the Double-A level, Torres went 11-6 with a 3.47 ERA for Montgomery. Torres is a native of Valencia, Venezuela.

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