Jose De La Torre to pitch in World Baseball Classic
Jose De La Torre, a 27-year-old righty reliever from Puerto Rico whom the Red Sox traded for and re-signed as a Minor League free agent in 2012, has decided he will play in the World Baseball Classic, his agent Burton Rocks said Saturday.
De La Torre’s desire to play was previously known, but no decision was final until Friday as he deliberated what would be best: attempting to win a spot in a crowded Major League bullpen and staying in Sox camp as long as they would have him or heading to the Classic. The Red Sox brought De La Torre to Major League camp as a non-roster invitee this season and he’s averaged better than a strikeout per inning in six Minor League campaigns.
De La Torre’s the fourth Red Sox player to commit to the Classic, behind Shane Victorino (USA), Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands) and Alfredo Aceves (Mexico).
De La Torre had a 2.45 ERA in 12 outings at Triple-A Pawtucket after the Red Sox gave up outfielder Brent Lillibridge to get him from the Indians a week before the Trade Deadline. Lifetime, De La Torre has a 2.49 ERA at Triple-A and 2.59 ERA at Double-A in nearly 200 innings evenly split between the two levels.
– Evan Drellich