Rays Notes: Torres Up, Rotation Schedule, 2nd Round Pick Edwards Signs

By Robbie Knopf

The Rays get to call up a 26th man to their roster thanks to the new MLB rule allowing that for doubleheader. They’re really only calling up a 25th player because the suspended Joel Peralta takes up a roster spot for still the next 7 games, although that count will be down to 5 after Sunday.

The Rays appear to be set to call up lefty Alexander Torres, who posted a 3.38 ERA in 4 major league relief appearances in 2012. Torres has not been good thus far in 2012 at Triple-A, going 2-3 with a 6.59 ERA, just a 55-40 strikeout to walk ratio, and a 0.9 HR/9 in 6 starts, 11 relief appearances, and 42.1 IP. He does have a 14-6 strikeout to walk ratio in his last 4 appearances spanning 11 innings, including his best start of the season on June 19th as he went 5 innings allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 6. Torres is an enigmatic lefty who throws primarily in the low-90’s with his fastball, occasionally touching 94 MPH, with a sharp slider and a good changeup. All his pitches feature dynamic movement and are even harder to hit because he features a deceptive delivery, but between the movement and an inconsistent release point, Torres struggles with control.

There was some talk that Torres would start the second game of the doubleheader versus the Phillies, but he will be in the bullpen. Here’s what the Rays starting pitching schedule looks like the next 8 days.

UPDATE: Torres will still be in the bullpen, but Alex Cobb is flying to Kansas City in advance of his Monday start, seemingly meaning that lefty Cesar Ramos will start Game 2, his first start of the season, although he has thrown two 3-inning relief appearances. The schedule below is now updated for that.

6/24: David Price (Game 1), Cesar Ramos (Game 2)
6/25: Alex Cobb
6/26: Chris Archer
6/27: Matt Moore
6/28: James Shields
6/29: David Price
6/30: Alex Cobb
7/1: Jeremy Hellickson (Archer optioned back to Durham)

In other Rays news, Rays second round pick Spencer Edwards himself tweeted that he has agreed to terms with the Rays. Edwards was a two-sport star at Rockwall High School in Texas and is a little raw as a baseball player but is extremely fast and has shown good bat speed with power at the plate. Edwards was a shortstop in high school, but he appears to profile well in centerfield. We’ll have to see where the Rays position him to start. More on Edwards as part of our RCG Rays 2012 Draft Profiles series here.