Milwaukee Brewers: AFL check in on Quintin Torres-Costa
By Trevor Hooth
With the Arizona Fall League in full swing, there are several Milwaukee Brewers prospects making a splash.
However, all in all, it has been a tough road for the pitcher just far. Though there are not a ton of individual innings to speak of, Milwaukee Brewers hurlers are not having an easy time. As showcased by Adrian Houser. That being said, Quintin Torres-Costa is doing a little better for the Salt River Rafters.
The Hawaiian native had not given up a run in relief prior to his latest outing. But, after giving up two his ERA sits at a 4.15. Which in all honesty is not that bad considering it all came from one outing. But his 1.38 WHIP is a little high. That is a culmination of his three hits and walks in four games.
Torres-Costa was a 35th round draft pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015. And while he has not made it yet, he is proving that there can be value in the late rounds too. It has been a steady climb thus far for the lefty. He slowly worked through the different Class A ranks. He debut 2017 with the Advanced A Carolina Mudcats. But by the end of the year he found himself in Double A for the Biloxi Shuckers.
Being in Biloxi took some adjusting for the 23 year old. But by the end of the season he proved to be a reliable arm. That is why his 5.23 ERA does not tell the whole story. If there wasn’t a hint of something great, then Quintin-Torres would not be in the AFL.
Based on his 5’11” frame, and the fact that he throws from the left side, it is easy to misconstrue Quintin-Torres’ abilities. The thought is that he would be a crafty pitcher missing barrels. But he flat out can miss bats. Across all three years in the minors he has thrown 162.1 innings, while striking out 215 batters.
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If Torres-Costa can add some new polish to his game, he will make an excellent reliever in the MLB. Especially coming from the left side, he will be a valuable asset to the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen in the next few years.