Six years after becoming a prep baseball legend in the Aloha State having posted a 13-strikeout no-hitter in Waiakea’s state championship victory, former University of Hawaii closer Quintin Torres-Costa is now a pro baseball all-star in the Brewers organization.
23 year old left hander who was a 35th round draft pick in 2015 was named to the Double-A Southern League All-Star Game roster recently and will hit the field in his first summertime classic on Tuesday in Frisco, Texas.
“Definitely the minor leagues is definitely a grind. It’s definitely not the major leagues but you’re always trying to strive for that end goal which is of course the major leagues and getting that all-star ballot and getting in the all-star team is something special” Torres-Costa told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
Torres-Costa, who is enjying his best season as a pro, sporting a 1.27 earned run average for the Biloxi Shuckers having posted a dominant 43-strikeouts in just 28-innings. That stellar run through the mid-point mark of the 2018 season has led many around the organization to thinnk that QTC could be crafting something special for the Brewers future.
“I’m not here if I’m not throwing strikes so of course I got to be throwing strikes and getting outs and I’m just blessed for the opportunity and it’s great just being an all-star now” added Torres-Costa.
Outside of his flashy statistics Torres-Costa is also sporting a new look that rivals his spectacular stat-line. A Rollie Fingers’esque pencil thin and curled mustache.
“The new look QTC was from spring training. One of my trainers when we started spring training noticed that I was growing out a mustache because I was just personally just lazy to shave and he was like Q just let it grow for the whole season. I was like alright, whatever. It started getting long and just pointed straight down. So a few teammates said you got to curl it or you got to make it look presentable. So I was like alright, I’ll try and do something to it and I’m not going to lie, I kind of like it”
Torres-Costa and his mustache will take part in the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday. He will be a relief pitcher on the South roster.
Game will get started at 2:00pm HST which is expected to be available with an MILB.TV subscription.