Carlos Ephriam Torres (born October 22, 1982) is a Mexican American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies and New York Mets in MLB and for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Carlos Torres was born in Santa Cruz, California after his father, Jose, emigrated from Zacatecas, Mexico. As a child, Torres moved from house to house in Santa Cruz County's "south county" agricultural region where his father looked for work to support his five children. Before focusing on baseball, Torres played several sports including soccer, football, basketball and track and field. His father encouraged his playing sports in order to keep him active and out of trouble.
Torres first began his collegiate career at Allan Hancock College then moved up north to San Jose City College before transferring to San Jose State University, pitching in 20 games, (starting seven) in 2003. He ultimately transferred to Kansas State University in 2004, pitching in 16 games, (15 starts), compiling an ERA of 4.12.
Torres was drafted in the 15th round, 449th overall, in the 2004 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox and signed for $1,000. He worked his way up through the White Sox minor league system, before making his Major League debut on July 22, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Prior to his call-up Torres had posted an 8-4 record with a 2.20 ERA with the White Sox' Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Scheduled starter John Danks had a blister on his index finger. Torres pitched six strong innings, giving up three runs on two homers and striking out three to record a quality start. On September 3, Torres picked up his first major league victory by defeating Ryan Dempster and the Chicago Cubs 5-0 in a make-up game at Wrigley Field.
The Yomiuri Giants signed Torres to a contract on November 16, 2010. At the beginning of the season, Torres was expected to compete for a place in the starting rotation. He earned his first Nippon Professional Baseball win on July 28, 2011 against the Yokohama BayStars.
On December 20, 2011, Torres signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies. On August 12, 2012, Torres got his first career base hit, an RBI single off George Kontos of the San Francisco Giants.
Torres signed with the New York Mets on November 20, 2012. In 33 games for the team, Torres compiled 86.1 IP, 4-6, 3.44 ERA, 75 K's, and 1.12 WHIP. During the 2014 season, Torres appeared in a career-high 73 games, while compiling a record of 8-6, 3.06 ERA, 96 K's and 1.31 WHIP in 97.0 IP.
For the 2015 season, Torres appeared in 59 games, while compiling a record of 5-6, 4.68 ERA, 48 K's and 1.37 WHIP in 57.2 IP.
On January 22, 2016, Torres was designated for assignment by the Mets. On January 30, the Mets placed Torres on waivers. Torres cleared waivers on the next day and elected free agency.
The Atlanta Braves signed Torres to a minor league contract on February 10, 2016. He was released on March 31, 2016.
On April 2, 2016, Torres signed a one-year major league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.