FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (June 27, 2017)
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The Gary SouthShore RailCats opened the 2017 season with a rotation that appeared stable. But injuries forced manager Greg Tagert to find arms within his bullpen to re-stabilize the rotation. One of those is Braulio Torres-Perez.
The southpaw certainly has not disappointed. He has won three of his six starts. In games he has not won, he certainly has kept the RailCats in the ballgame. The team’s record in games that Torres-Perez has started is 5-1. His overall totals include a 4-0 overall record with a 3.55 ERA.
His last two starts were certainly his best in 2017 to date. He did not give up an earned run, surrendered only six hits and five walks, while striking out 10 in 13 innings of work to earn two victories. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Sunday, something that Torres-Perez has not done since his senior year of college.
Pitching coach Alain Quijano deserves credit for the lefty’s recent success.
“My game has really developed with help of my pitching coach [Alain Quijano],” he said. “He has been really trying to get me on the location of the fastball. I’ve been practicing all week, trying to get it low, locate it inside and outside, and I feel that has really taken my game to the next level.”
But the second-year pitcher believes the more experienced players on the team deserve credit as well. Veteran pitchers and position players have certainly played a role in developing his professionalism and his play on the field.
“Charle [Rosario], Frankie [Martinez], [Wilfredo] Giminez, [and Jorge] DeLeon . . . are like mentors to me,” he said. “Even on good days, there is always something they can help you out on [that] you missed [or] something you did wrong. It helps my game a lot.”
The league has taken notice of the improvements Torres-Perez has made. On Monday, Torres-Perez was named the Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week for his efforts last two starts; something that he did not expect.
“It’s still a little shocking to me. I didn’t notice [I had won] until one of my teammates mentioned it to me on the bus,” Torres-Perez said. “I’m happy for it. It just shows that my work I’ve done in the offseason since I’ve been here in spring training is paying off and hopefully, it keeps going.”
Torres-Perez is focused on continuing the success he has had thus far in 2017. He is scheduled to make his next start Friday against a tough opponent in the St. Paul Saints.
“For me at least, [I need to] make sure I get my work in when I’m throwing [on off days] . . . keep it basic,” he said. “It’s a game at a time. You can’t try to focus too much on the future, or who you are facing.”
Gary returns home to U.S. Steel Yard on Monday, July 3rd for the start of a seven-game homestand. Monday’s game vs. Fargo-Moorhead is at 7:10 p.m. and is another MetroPCS Monday. Monday’s series opener against the RedHawks is also the inaugural Fourth of Juluau Pig Roast, presented by Berey Bros., and features Fireworks and Barefoot Hawaiian Fire Dancers.
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