Salomon Torres hails from the Dominican Republic and started in MLB with the San Francisco Giants in 1993. He pitched mainly as a starter during his first five seasons. Then was out of the majors until 2002 when he signed with the Pirates.
Upon Further Review:
Salomon Torres throws a fastball that approaches 95 miles per hour and a zippy slider. Recently in the minors he developed a split-finger pitch that sinks like a rock as it crosses home plate. He’s been used as a setup reliever the last few seasons, working 84, 78 and 94 games. However, in 2007 Pirate manager Jim Tracy inserted Salomon Torres in the first three games of this season as the team’s closer, and he responded by picking up 3 saves in 3 games. Wow!