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Lenny Torres

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Lenny Torres
Name: Lineras Torres
Born: Oct 15, 2000 in Poughkeepsie, NY
High School: Beacon (N.Y.) HS
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (41st overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2018 (signed for $1,350,000)
One of the younger players in the draft class--he'll turn 18 in October--Torres offers tremendous upside with his quick arm and highly projectable frame. Torres burst onto the radar last summer with a strong showcase circuit and an invitation to compete in USA Baseball's 18U National Team trials in Minnesota. Growing up playing mostly shortstop, Torres has shifted his focus to pitching over the last four years, working with pitching coach Angel Lugo to refine his mechanics, add strength and incorporate his lower body into his delivery. Torres has touched 98 mph and consistently lived 94-96 mph this spring, pitching from a full wind-up after mostly throwing from the stretch in past years. He pairs the pitch with a low-80s slider that he can sometimes get under, but flashes above-average with room for growth; he's made adjustments to the pitch in recent weeks that have helped with consistency. A work-in-progress changeup serves as a third pitch, but Torres doesn't often need to use it against the high school hitters in his area. Still somewhat raw and relatively new to pitching, Torres' control grades above his command, and scouts are split on whether he'll be a starter or a reliever long term. While there's some risk to Torres from that standpoint, his youth, projectability and sheer arm strength should be enough for a team to call his name in the first three rounds.
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