WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes acquired left-handed pitcher Christian Torres from the Lincoln Saltdogs on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later.
Torres was 5-6 with a 3.36 ERA in nine starts and 11 relief appearances last season for the High-A Carolina League’s Down East Wood Ducks (Texas Rangers). The Canovanas, Puerto Rico native walked 19 and struck out 55 in 61.2 innings pitched, and averaged 1.64 ground outs for every air out (the 2018 Major League average was 1.03).
“We’re very short-handed from the left side of our bullpen, so we needed to find someone,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “He’s done really well in affiliated baseball and was available, so I didn’t hesitate to move on it.”
Torres was drafted by the Rangers in the 30th round in 2016 out of Faulkner University (Montgomery, Alabama). The 26-year-old is in his fourth season of professional baseball, and was a teammate of Goldeyes’ reliever Jack Charleston during his time at Faulkner. Torres is 12-12 with five saves and a 2.93 ERA during his career in 75 games, 60 of them in relief. The 6-foot, 170-pound left-hander has walked just seven percent of his career batters faced, and reached the Triple-A level with the Pacific Coast League’s Round Rock Express in 2017.
The Goldeyes’ active spring training roster now stands at 26 players. American Association clubs must trim their active rosters down to the regular season maximum of 23 by 12:00 p.m. this afternoon.
The Goldeyes close out their spring training schedule tonight against the Kansas City T-Bones. First pitch from T-Bones Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2019 season on May 16th against the Texas AirHogs on the road. The Goldeyes’ 2019 home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 24th versus the Kansas City T-Bones. 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com