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Mets invite Torres to spring training

Posted: Saturday, Nov 24th, 2012

Aptos High alum Carlos Torres has been to the Far East.

Now, he’ll just head east.

Torres received an invitation Wednesday from the New York Mets to join the team in next year’s spring training.

He was one of three players the Mets signed to a minor-league deal that day, the others being pitcher Scott Rice and outfielder Jamie Hoffmann.

Torres spent 2012 with the Colorado Rockies and their Triple-A affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He was called up three different times, the final time on July 4, when then-Rockies manager Jim Tracy decided to put his whole pitching staff on a strict pitch count.

When he was with the Rockies, Torres pitched in 31 games, compiling a 5.26 ERA. His longest outing was a three-inning appearance at Arizona on July 23 and a three-inning appearance at Atlanta on Sept. 4. The Rockies lost the former and won the latter.

Torres achieved several firsts while with the Rockies.

He got his first major league victory on July 21, pitching the 10th and 11th innings as the Rockies outlasted San Diego 8-6 in San Diego. He had two strikeouts in the two-inning stint.

He had his first winning streak, getting back-to-back victories on Aug. 22 against the Mets in Citi Field and then on Aug. 25 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Torres also got his first major league hit and RBI, all in one swing, against the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 12. That hit tied the game at 4-4. The Giants eventually won the game, 9-6. Torres was in line for the win but ended with a no decision.

Torres finished with 42 strikeouts. Even with him being sent up and down during 2012, that was the fifth highest among relievers on the Rockies.

He averaged 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

Torres’ year with the Rockies was his first since pitching in Tokyo for the Yomiuri Giants in 2011.

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