WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011
Baseball inks JC pitcher Wes Torrez during spring signing period
The JU baseball team made another big move in the recruiting movement by inking top junior college pitcher Wes Torrez to a National Letter of Intent during the spring signing period.
Torrez, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound sophomore at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., is currently 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA in 11 starts while also logging two complete games and 40 strikeouts in 63 innings after transferring from High Point University.
He is the son of former major league pitcher, Mike Torrez, who pitched 17 major leagues seasons (1967-84) and was a member of the New York Yankees’ 1977 World Series squad.
“Wes has a huge upside and presently throws between 87-91 mph with a plus change up and slider,” said JU associate head coach/recruiting coordinator Tim Montez. "He really knows how to pitch, he’s a competitor and he has tremendous command of the strike zone. He has a lot of endurance and wants to finish what he starts. We are extremely excited to have him and we know that we may only have him for one year, since we fully expect him to be a quality MLB draft pick after his junior year. He is also an excellent student and graduated with over a 3.3 GPA.”
JU is not new to Major League offspring appearing on its roster as the Dolphins have featured Anthony Bernazard (Tony Bernazard - 10 MLB seasons) and Glen Johnson (Howard “Hojo” Johnson - 14 MLB seasons) in the last five years.