In 2013, Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman allowed nine hits in the first 100 at-bats against him.
"The biggest concern [for Torres] has been command," manager Joe Maddon said. "He [used to throw] more curveballs. He was more of a breaking-ball pitcher -- everybody talked about how good his curve was. The changeup was there, but I think he's found his lot, pretty much, primarily fastball-changeup, with a curveball. So I think he's learned to identify what he does best, and he's doing it more consistently."
Maddon noted that Torres' switch from starter to reliever could also have made a difference.
"It's been fun to watch, man," he said. "This is what he was doing in the Minor Leagues. And now, all of a sudden, he's taken it out there. You can see the confidence that's going on. It's going to be hard to maintain this level, but I think he's going to be good for a long time."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.