UMass' Torres Drafted By Baltimore Orioles
June 6, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass right-handed pitcher Dennis Torres was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon. Torres, who helped the Minutemen to an Atlantic 10 Tournament berth as a junior this spring, was taken in the 28th round with the 852nd pick overall.
Since 1965, Torres is the 55th player from UMass to have his name called in the draft, the 36th of head coach Mike Stone's 25-year tenure with the Minutemen. It marks the fourth straight year that a UMass player has been drafted as Matt Gedman, Nick Serino and Mitchell Clegg were taken in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
Torres served as the No. 1 starter in the Minutemen's rotation in 2012 and went 4-4 with a 3.34 earned run average over 12 starts. He tossed a team-high 89 innings and was second on the team in strikeouts with 54, while walking 22. In his final start of the regular season, Torres threw his first complete game and struck out a career-high eight against George Washington. His 2012 single-season totals for games started and innings pitched rank seventh and eighth all-time in program history.
Over two seasons at UMass, Torres has compiled a 6-8 record with a 4.60 ERA over 135 innings, a total of 24 appearances and 20 starts. He has fanned 85 batters, while walking 43.