Torres helped to lead Catty
In second grade, Andrew Torres knew he was going to be a pitcher.
“That’s when I started playing (baseball),” said the Catasauqua junior. “My coach then thought I had potential as a pitcher. I was going to pitch in the first game I played.
“But I loved it. I loved the pressure and I loved the tension. I figured I was going to be a pitcher.’
Nine years later, Torres is still working on the same craft. This time around, he has become the starting workhorse of the Roughies’ staff. Heading into the final week of the season, Torres had a 2-6 record with a 3.52 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.
His 2-6 record isn’t a true indication of his performance, as the Roughies have struggled to maintain a consistent offensive attack all season with their overall 4-13 record.
“I feel like I have done better than I thought I would,” said Torres about his performance. “I did expect to pitch some, but probably not as much as I have. I have tried to do as much as I possibly can.”
Torres made a major adjustment from a primary reliever to a full-time starter this season.
“It has been a lot different,” said Torres about the change. “I was only pitching in every couple of games and a few innings. It has been a big change and I didn’t expect it.
“(Head) coach (Steve) Bradley told me I was starting this year and to do my best. It has been more demanding and I have been pushing myself to get through it.’
Bradley realized it wouldn’t be a major conflict.
“(Torres) never complains and works hard,” said Bradley. “He does whatever is needed for the team. He gives us everything he has every game. Andrew is an awesome kid and tough player. He has thrown the bulk of our innings and has kept us in every game he pitches. I can’t say enough about him.”
Torres has taken the initiative and adapted to the different environment.
“I have tried to be more of a leader this season,” said Torres. “I have tried to pick everybody up around me and help as much as I can.
“I have been working on my change-up and it’s probably more of a split-finger pitch. I have been able to work deeper into games and I have a lot more confidence. I knew I wanted to get bigger and stronger.”
Torres also has gained inspiration and motivation from older brother Alex, a 2014 Roughie graduate and former standout. The brothers play together on a Sunday traveling team. Parents Alexie and Anabeth also play a pivotal role.
“He just talked to me after a had a bad outing against Notre Dame (recently),” said the younger Torres about his brother. “Even though he wasn’t a pitcher, he has told me things to work on. Alex has always pushed me with sports and academics. He always has made me feel a lot better.”