Torrens will likely spend most if not all of 2018 in the minors, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The 22-year-old spent all of last season on the active roster, but it was more out of necessity rather than a reflection of his performance. He hadn't played an inning above Low-A prior to 2017, but he had to stay in the majors all season if the Padres wanted to keep him due to his status as a Rule 5 selection. Perhaps Torrens would be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot if he had hit better, but his .163 batting average left much to be desired. He'll head back to the low minors for more seasoning, likely looking toward 2019 or 2020 for a return trip to San Diego.
Torrens got the nod behind the dish and went 0-for-3 in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.
It was the 21-year-old's first start since Aug. 13 and just his third start this month. The Padres are carrying three catchers and Torrens represents their worst offensive option (.171/.240/.216 in 124 plate appearances). The club is simply protecting the Rule 5 draft pick from being exposed on waivers, but fantasy owners shouldn't be burdened with the same responsibility.
Torrens started at catcher Saturday -- his third start in five days -- going 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Giants.
Hector Sanchez was expected to see the majority of playing time vacated by Austin Hedges (concussion), but Torrens has found himself in the lineup every other day since the Padres' regular catcher was placed on the disabled list. The Rule 5 draft pick has gone 2-for-11 in those three starts, so he won't provide much help from a fantasy perspective. The Padres simply want to get a look at the 21-year-old while they have him stashed on their 25-man roster. Expect Sanchez to get the nod in Sunday's series finale against San Francisco.
Torrens was a late addition to the lineup Wednesday against the Indians, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Austin Hedges was scratched due to neck stiffness, so Torrens will be thrown into emergency catching duty to replace him. Torrens will bat ninth as the Padres take on Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer.
Torrens started in place of the injured Austin Hedges (thigh) on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a win over the Cubs.
The Rule 5 draft pick was pushed into action and delivered just his second RBI in 69 plate appearances. Hedges wasn't expected to be held out long after leaving Tuesday's contest with an injury, but the club opted to give their starting catcher an extra day of rest with an off day scheduled Thursday. While he is expected to return to action Friday against the Tigers, Torrens could earn another start if Hedges isn't fully healed.
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