The Keepers - #27 - RP - Jose De La Torre

27. Jose De La Torre – RP – A+/AA – 25/yrs old

De La Torre signed out of high school with Milwaukee, in 2004, but was rleased after extended camp. He then played two years in college and then signed as a free agent with the Mets.

He has a 4-seam 90-91 fastball, 2-seam FB, changerup, and his go-to pitch is a nasty slider.

He has played three seasons for the Mets, sitting out the entire 2008 season due to injuries (TJS)

This past year, Jose pitched well for both St. Lucie (3-3, 2.77, 26-G, 3-SV, 35-K, 39.0-IP) and Binghamton (3-2, 2.67, 18-G, 2-SV, 37-K, 30.1-IP.

His combined three year minor league stats are impressive for a non-drafted pitcher: 12-15, 3.21, 95-G, 168-K in 168.0-IP.

From: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/mets/2009/08/farm-report-de-la-torre-impres.html#ixzz0Tka57DOI  - Jose De La Torre (right) missed last season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in October 2007. The righthander is making up for lost time this season, first by compiling a 3-3 record, 2.77 ERA and three saves in 26 relief appearances for St. Lucie, then with Double-A Binghamton, where he’s 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA and .186 opponent batting average in 10 appearances. De La Torre, 23, returned from surgery in time to pitch with Caguas in the Puerto Rico Winter League last offseason, after completing his rehab in November. Omir Santos served as his catcher with the team. “He’s got a nasty slider,” Santos said. “He had surgery, and he was throwing good. His fastball, it wasn’t there yet, but it was coming around.” Santos also had caught De La Torre pre-surgery with the same team. “He almost got Rookie of the Year in winter ball,” Santos recalled. “He was working on the changeup this winter. He’s got good stuff. He threw the ball good. He’s not afraid of anybody. He just goes after people.”

1-1-10: - Normally, a 26-yard old pitcher at the AA level would yoss him into the AAAA bin, but not relief pitchers. De La Torre had done little wrong in the Mets system, and has actually come back stronger after TJS surgery. He had no formble with the AA prospect-rich lineups in 2009. He should start off in Buffalo in the spring, but there is a chance they’ll hold him back in Binghamton. Either way, he looks to make a run at a Mets bullpen slot in 2011.

4-21-10: - Stock Up: De La Torre has picked up where he left off last season going 0-0, 1.04, in 8.2-IP for the B-Mets. It also includes 12-K’s, four of which were last night in his two perfect innings pitched. Many of us thought we might have seen the last of him when he was operated on for TJS and missed the entire 2008 season, but Jose came back strong last year, first going 3-3, 2.77, 26-G, 3-SV, 35-K, 39.0-IP for St. Lucie, followed by late season stats of 3-2, 2.67, 18-G, 2-SV, 37-K, 30.1-IP for Binghamton. De La Torre is playing 2010 as a 25-year old, and features a 4-seam 90-91 fastball, a 2-seam FB, a change-up, and, his go-to pitch, a nasty slider. Oh yeah… he’s a right handed reliever… know anybody that could use one?

7-22-10: - The Mets are looking for some relief help and maybe they just need to make a phonecall to Buffalo and ask Jose De La Torre to hop on a shuttle. He is once again putting together a great year at AAA… (1-1, 2.96, in 21-G), after even better numbers for the B-Mets (0-0, 2.05, in 15-G). Last night, he went 2-.1-IP, 0-H, 0-R, and 4-K. De La Torre is only 24-years old and maybe it’s his turn


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