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2015 Mets season review: Alex Torres

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The lefty couldn't find the strike zone and found himself pitching in Las Vegas by mid-summer.

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When Alex Torres made his Mets debut, he was best-known for his hat. By season’s end, the hat was long forgotten, and he was best-known for his complete inability to throw strikes.

One of two relief pitchers the Mets traded for just before the 2015 season began, the left-handed Torres came over from the Padres in exchange for minor league pitchers Cory Mazzoni and Brad Wieck. The trade made sense at the time. Neither Mazzoni nor Wieck was a top pitching prospect, and Torres had a 2.55 ERA and 3.05 FIP in his major league career to date at that time. His walk rate in 2014—5.5 opponents per nine innings—was alarming, but even with that, he had a decent season.

Torres’s time with the Mets was pretty strange, statistically speaking. In 34.1 innings with the team, he had a 3.15 ERA and struck out 9.2 per nine, both of which were pretty good, but his rates of 6.8 walks per nine and 1.6 home runs allowed per nine were abysmal. As a result, he had a 5.73 FIP.

As the season progressed, Torres’s walk problem only got worse. He didn’t exactly start from a great place, hovering around 5.0 walks per nine in the first two months of the season, but things really got out of control in June and July, as he walked 15 batters in 15 innings over that span. In early August, the Mets designated Torres for assignment when they traded for Eric O’Flaherty. They outrighted him to Las Vegas shortly thereafter, and he spent the rest of the season there. After the Mets’ season ended, Torres became a free agent.