Yesterday we discussed whether or not the Cincinnati Reds should pick up outfielder Lane Adams after he was designated for assignment. Later that day another interesting name came across the table after being DFA’d by the Dodgers to make room for a new free agent signing: Former Reds minor leaguer Ronald Torreyes. The Reds traded Torreyes along with Dave Sappelt and Travis Wood to the Chicago Cubs for Sean Marshall after the 2011 season. At the time, the infielder was just 18-years-old and coming off of a season in which he hit .356 for the Dayton Dragons.
He’s never repeated that success since leaving the Reds organization, but he’s hit just fine over the years. He’s seen time with the Cubs, Astros, Blue Jays and Dodgers organizations since then and even saw eight plate appearances with the Dodgers in 2015, going 2-6 with a double and a walk.
At the plate there’s one thing that Ronald Torreyes does well and that is put the bat on the baseball. He has struck out just 160 times in 2578 career minor league plate appearances (6.2%). He’s also got 150 walks in that span. There’s not much power in the 5′ 10″ and 150 lb. frame and there isn’t going to be much in the future either. He’s all about making contact and spraying the baseball around the field.
Defensively, he profiles best as a second baseman where he’s a good defender. He can also handle third base and shortstop in a limited role, giving him plenty of options as a utility player. He’s even seen limited action in the outfield for his career.
The Reds have added a few similar players over the winter who profile for very little power, but make lots of contact. They started by adding Tyler Holt late during the 2015 season, then picked up Jose Peraza in the Todd Frazier trade and added Tony Renda in the Aroldis Chapman trade. While the team currently sits at 39 players on their 40-man roster, the room is there to add him if they would like. It would fit the plan of adding high contact hitters to the organization and if you eventually needed to make room on the 40-man roster, there are options for who to designate for assignment if you still wanted to hold onto Torreyes.