Torrens could break camp as the Padres' third catcher, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Torrens -- one of three catchers on the 40-man roster -- remains likely to open the season with Triple-A El Paso, according to Sanders. However, there is an outside chance that the Padres could elect to carry three catchers -- particularly if rosters expand to 29 at the start of the season, as is widely expected. The 23-year-old is also next in line for a spot on the Padres if either Austin Hedges or Francisco Mejia is traded or goes down with injury.
Torrens "is in the race" for a spot on the Opening Day roster, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Francisco Mejia and Austin Hedges remain heavy favorites to share duties behind the plate once the regular season begins, but both have struggled this spring, with Mejia going hitless in 13 at-bats and Hedges batting .214. Torrens is only 2-for-11, but he represents a middle ground between Mejia's solid bat and Hedges' elite defense. Still, Torrens will likely need to turn it on over the next few weeks to break camp with the big-league club.
Torrens went 1-for-2 with a walk in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks. A day after Torrens came off the bench and received two at-bats against Milwaukee, he was penciled in as the starter behind the plate against Arizona. The 23-year-old responded with a single and a walk, making him the only Padre to reach base twice in the contest. Torrens figures to receive additional opportunities to start down the stretch as San Diego seeks to evaluate the catching position in preparation for next season. Torrens could certainly be in the mix for a larger role in the majors in 2020 after hitting .300 with 15 homers and 62 RBI while throwing out 46 percent of would-be base stealers in 97 games with Double-A Amarillo this season.
Torrens was recalled by the Padres on Monday. Torrens struggled greatly in his first taste of the big leagues back in 2017, hitting .163/.243/.203 in 56 games, though that's hardly a surprise for a 21-year-old plucked straight out of Low-A in the Rule 5 draft. Back at an age-appropriate level, he posted a strong .300/.373/.500 slash line for Double-A Amarillo this season. He should get a handful of looks down the stretch as an audition for next season.
Torrens was sent to Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday. Torrens was plucked from Low-A in the 2016 Rule 5 draft and the Padres managed to keep him on their roster for the entire season despite him being clearly not major-league ready. The 21-year-old hit just .163/.243/.203 in 139 plate appearances, though it's tough to blame him for that, as he really should have been spending the year at High-A. He'll head back to a level that will suit him better this season and is likely at least a year away from returning to the big leagues.