I was very high on Luis Torrens after watching him play last season, but that confidence quickly depleted. The Seattle Mariners catcher was trying to stay above the Mendoza Line at the end of April and he didn’t get much better as May came around.
The Seattle Mariners clearly needed to change something and Luis Torrens had two minor league options left, so the team opted to use one of them and send him down to Tacoma. So far, it looks like it paid off.
Luis Torrens has six hits since rejoining the Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners recalled Luis Torrens on June 14 and the young catcher has appeared in every game since June 15th. In those four games, he has had 13 at-bats and made the most of them. Torrens has collected six hits, one was a double, and two of them were home runs.
He has also driven in four runs and only struck out once. He has a .462 batting average and 1.462 OPS since his return. Not too shabby am I right?
Torrens’ current form is particularly important to the Seattle Mariners because Tom Murphy is still struggling to this day. The veteran catcher is hitting .176 right now and it doesn’t seem like he’s trending in the right direction.
Murphy doesn’t have any minor league options so the Mariners are sort of in a pinch. I expect Luis Torrens to handle the large share of catching duties until Murphy can figure things out potentially as a designated hitter.
Luis Torrens also learned to play some first base so that has added some flexibility in the Seattle Mariners lineup. Torrens started eight games at first base for the Rainiers. He isn’t Evan White over at first, but it helps Scott Servais get Luis’ bat in the lineup.
I think it’s also good to remember that Luis Torrens is just 25-years-old. It’s too early to rule him out of the Seattle Mariners future and I truly believe his best years are in front of him.