LENNY TORRES CLEVELAND #19
Lenny Torres | Rank: 19 (Preseason: 12)
Team: Status: Injured 60-DayETA: 2023Position: RHPAge: 18 DOB: 10/15/2000Bats: R Throws: RHeight: 6′ 1″ Weight: 190 lb.Drafted: 2018, CBA (41) – CLE
Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45
Torres wasn’t a big name at the start of the showcase circuit in 2017 but that changed when he repeatedly pitched in the low 90s all summer leading into his high school senior season. He continued to bring the heat last spring and worked his way into the supplemental first round, where he signed for a below-slot $1.35 million. He surprised the Indians by proving to be more advanced than they expected during his brief pro debut, especially considering he was one of the youngest players in the 2018 Draft.
With a lightning-quick arm, Torres effortlessly works at 92-95 mph and touches 98 with riding life on his fastball. His low-80s slider has the makings of a plus pitch with power and high spin rates. He didn’t need an offspeed pitch as an amateur but shows some feel for a changeup with a bit of fade.
Torres’ athleticism helps him repeat his delivery and find the strike zone, though his command isn’t as sharp as his control. He’s a bit undersized for a starter, so his ability to hold up under a pro workload was a concern even before he succumbed to Tommy John surgery in May. Club officials love his maturity and intelligence, two more assets that help his chances of remaining in the rotation once he returns to health.
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