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Jose de la Torre made his major league debut in 2013.

De la Torre signed with the New York Mets as an undrafted free agent in 2006; Ray Corbett was the scout. He split the season between the Kingsport Mets (0-1, 3 Sv, 0 R, 17 K in 12 IP) and Brooklyn Cyclones (2-2, 5 Sv, 2.84, 29 K in 25 1/3 IP). He fell to 4-7 wit height saves and a 4.55 ERA for the 2007 St. Lucie Mets, allowing a .302 average but walking only 10 in 61 1/3 innings.

Jose missed 2008 with injury. In 2009, he did well with St. Lucie (3-3, 3 Sv, 2.77) and the Binghamton Mets (3-2, 2 Sv, 2.67). Overall, he struck out 72 in 69 1/3 IP. De la Torre split 2010 as well, between Binghamton (2 Sv, 2.05) and the Buffalo Bisons (3-2, Sv, 2.98), with 80 whiffs to 52 hits in 72 1/3 innings. He was named to the Puerto Rican national team for the 2010 Pan American Games and Baseball World Cup Qualification Tournament. He got the win in a 7-6 comeback victory over Panama.

De la Torre did well in 2011 with Buffalo (2-2, 0.89 in 15 G) but missed significant time (May 20-July 14, July 25-August 25) with right shoulder problems. He had rehab stints with the GCL Mets (3 R, 1 ER in 4 IP) and Brooklyn (0 R in 3 IP, 6 K). He was a solid middle reliever for Puerto Rico in the 2011 Baseball World Cup (1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 R in 2 2/3 IP). In the 2011 Pan American Games, he led Puerto Rico with three games pitched. He allowed three walks and four hits in 5 1/3 IP, striking out four. He took the 8-7 loss to Cuba but got Puerto Rico's lone win, getting the decision as Puerto Rico beat Panama, 3-2, in the 7th/8th place game. He was 1-2 with a save and a 3.43 ERA for the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He pitched three times for the Indios de Mayagüez in the 2012 Caribbean Series, going 1-0 with two hits and two runs (one earned) in five innings, striking out seven. His win came in the finale against the Leones del Escogido. He tied for the Series lead in wins, tied for second in appearances and was fourth with 7 strikeouts (behind Nelson Figueroa, Seth Etherton and Ramon Garcia).

Jose signed with the Cleveland Indians as a minor league free agent for 2012. He went 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 27 games for the Akron Aeros, allowing a .212 average, then was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for Brent Lillibridge. He tied Paolo Espino for fourth on Akron's staff in wins. After the trade, he was 1-0 with two saves and a 2.45 ERA for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Following the season, he had a 2-2, 2.96 record for Caguas, with four walks to thirty whiffs in 24 1/3 IP. He was second in the Puerto Rican League in games pitched, one behind Sergio Espinosa. He was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in the 2013 Caribbean Series, losing to Escogido.

In the 2013 World Baseball Classic, de la Torre pitched six games for the runner-up Puerto Rican squad. He allowed seven hits, a walk and three runs in 5 2/3 IP, while striking out 12. He tied Pedro Strop for third in the event ingames pitched, two behind Fernando Rodney and one shy of teammate Xavier Cedeno. He tied Hiram Burgos and Masahiro Tanaka for third in the Classic in Ks, behind starters Kenta Maeda and Sam Deduno. He served up a game-tying homer to Robinson Canó in a loss to the Dominican national team. He was shaky in Puerto Rico's upset of Team USA, giving up three hits, including a RBI double to Ryan Braun, before Cedeno relieved. He came up big in Puerto Rico's 3-1 win over two-time defending champion Japan in the semifinals. Relieving Mario Santiago with one out, one out and a 1-0 lead in the 5th, he walked Sho Nakata but struck out both Atsunori Inaba and Nobuhiro Matsuda. In the 6th, he retired Takashi Toritani on a grounder and fanned Hirokazu Ibata. Seiichi Uchikawa tripled, then Cedeno relieved and escaped the jam. In the finale, a 3-0 loss to the Dominicans, he replaced Burgos with two on and two out in the bottom of the sixth and struck out Moises Sierra. Cedeno again replaced him.

De la Torre began 2013 strong with Pawtucket (1-0, Sv, 1.56, 5 H, 10 BB, 17 K in 17 1/3 IP). He was then called up to replace Allen Webster on the Red Sox. In his debut on May 12th, he finished in mop-up duty in a blowout loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He replaced Craig Breslow to open the 9th with a 10-4 deficit. Melky Cabrera greeted him with a double, then he walked Jose Bautista on four pitches. Edwin Encarnacion hit a RBI single, then J.P. Arencibia hit into a run-scoring twin killing. Adam Lind grounded out to end the inning.

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