SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 15: Luis Torrens # 22 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his single against the Minnesota Twins. (Photo by Steph Chambers / Getty Images)
Some potential Seattle Mariners climbed the ladder this week
I was very high on Luis Torrens after seeing him play last season, but that confidence was quickly lost. The Seattle Mariners’ catcher tried to stay above the Mendoza Line in late April and did not do much better when May came.
The Seattle Mariners clearly had to change something and Luis Torrens still had two options in the minor league, so the team decided to use one of them and send him to Tacoma. So far it seems to have been worth it.
Luis Torrens has had six hits since returning to the Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners recalled Luis Torrens on June 14th, and the young catcher has appeared in every game since June 15th. In those four games, he 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’s also ridden in four races and only canceled once. He has a .462 batting average and 1,462 OPS since his return. Not too shabby, is it?
Torrens’ current form is particularly important to the Seattle Mariners as Tom Murphy continues to struggle to this day. The Veteran Catcher is currently hitting .176 and it doesn’t seem like he’s headed in the right direction.
Murphy doesn’t have any minor league options, so the Mariners are kind of in a fix. I expect Luis Torrens to do the majority of the trapping duties until Murphy can potentially figure things out as a designated hitter.
Luis Torrens has also learned to play first base which has added some flexibility to the Seattle Mariners lineup. Torrens started eight games at first base for the Rainiers. He’s not Evan White to begin with, but it helps Scott Servais get Luis’s bat into the line-up.
I also think it’s good to remember that Luis Torrens is only 25 years old. It’s too early to expel him from the Seattle Mariners future, and I really believe his prime is ahead of him.