Tigers in EST: Michael Torrealba

One of the most surprising omissions from the 2010 West Michigan Whitecaps roster was relief pitcher Michael Torrealba.

Torrealba was born in Maracay, Venezuela, a city that has produced many professional baseball players, including Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Guillen and Bobby Abreu.  In 2007, he made his professional debut for the Tigers’ Venezuelan Summer League team as a 17 year old.  In 28.2 innings that season, Torrealba recorded 19 strikeouts and posted a 5.65 ERA.  He struggled with his control as he allowed 20 walks, hit 5 batters and threw 12 wild pitches.

Torrealba returned to the Venezuelan Summer League the following year and produced much better results, posting a 2.06 ERA in 48.0 innings and a much improved 62/21 strikeout to walk ratio.

Encouraged by his improved results, the Tigers decided to challenge Torrealba in 2009, sending him to the Oneonta Tigers of the New York-Penn League.  In addition to the challenge of adjusting to a new culture and learning a new language, Torrealba had to confront much more experienced competition.

Despite these challenges, Torrealba thrived in his new environment, posting a 2.78 ERA in 35.2 innings pitched, while recording 44 strikeouts and 18 walks.  His 2.70 FIP and .289 BABIP indicate his low ERA was not a mirage, making it all the more surprising that Torrealba was left in extended spring training to start 2010.

Listed as just 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds, Torrealba has a slight frame, suggesting he is best suited to remain a relief pitcher.  Armed with an arsenal including a low 90s fastball and a sharp slider, he will presumably return to the New York-Penn League to play for the Connecticut Tigers, unless he receives a promotion prior to June 18.

Name: Michael Torrealba

DOB: Nov. 19, 1989

Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Bats-Throws: Right-Right

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