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Alexander Jesus Torres Matos
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 160 lb.
 Biographical Information
Alex Torres was signed by scout Carlos Porte for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization in 2005. He made his pro debut for the DSL Angels that summer. Torres came stateside in 2006 with the AZL Angels, then was one of three players traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in return for pitcher Scott Kazmir on August 28, 2009. He was 13-6, 2.77 for three teams that season, including 7 starts in AA.
Torres pitched the third inning of the 2010 Futures Game for the World in a 9-1 loss. Relieving Hector Noesi with a 2-1 deficit, he retired Mike Moustakas on a grounder. Mike Trout reached on an error but was caught stealing. Eric Hosmer singled, then Hank Conger flew out. Torres was replaced by Julio Teheran.
Torres made his major league debut for the Rays on July 18, 2011, coming in relief in the 9th inning of a game against the New York Yankees with the score tied at 4-all. He proceeded to allow a run on a hit and three walks in one inning and was charged with his team's 5-4 loss. He had only been called up because the Rays' bullpen had been exhausted in a 16-inning marathon against the Boston Red Sox the night before, and was the last man on the bullpen's depth chart on the night of his debut, being there mainly in case the Rays needed a long reliever. As it turns out, the Rays used their three available veteran relievers in trying unsuccessfully to protect a 4-2 lead for Alex Cobb, and Alexander was the only pitcher available to continue the game, placing him in a less-than-ideal situation, as the patient Yankee hitters took advantage of the young lefthander's shaky control. He was sent back to AAA Durham the next day.