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2015 Dodgers review: Ronald Torreyes

Slapping the dirt like if Coach K were in baseball.
Slapping the dirt like if Coach K were in baseball.
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Ronald Torreyes was an under-the-radar-pickup by the Dodgers essentially for free in 2015, one who could end up paying dividends for a few years.

What went right

The Dodgers acquired Torreyes from the Blue Jays for cash on June 12. It was not hard to see why Toronto dumped him, as he started off the season just 14-for-70 (.200) with a double in Triple-A Fresno, then was just 7-for-50 (.140) with two doubles after getting demoted to Double-A New Hampshire.

But Torreyes, a good defender at second base and shortstop, had a .345 on-base percentage at Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014 at age 21, so there was potential there.

With the Dodgers, Torreyes hit a combined .295/.347/.406 in 75 minor-league games, starting 52 games at shortstop, 14 games at second base and seven more at third base.

That earned him a September call-up to the Dodgers, for whom he made his major league debut and was 2-for-6 (.333) with a double and a walk in eight games.

Torreyes got his first major league RBI with an eighth-inning single on Oct. 4 in the final regular season game on the schedule.

What went wrong

Torreyes didn't yet get to start a major league game, appearing only in reserve during his September with the Dodgers.

On the season, including his time in the Blue Jays minor league system, Torreyes hit just .230/.288/.304 against left-handed pitchers with 148 plate appearances.

2015 particulars

Age: 22

Stats: 2-for-6 (.333), double, walk in eight games, 0.1 rWAR, 0.1 fWAR

Salary: A pro-rated share of the major league minimum of $507,500; for his September time with the Dodgers, Torreyes earned roughly $61,000.

Game of the year

In his first major league game on Sept. 13 in Arizona, Torreyes doubled in his first major league at-bat against Randall Delgado, and scored later in the inning.

Roster status

Torreyes has 22 days of major league service time and has two option years remaining, having used one option year in 2015.