(TRINIDAD, CO) – Solid pitching is a key component to any successful baseball team, and with the success the TSJC Trojans had last spring you can rest assured that their pitching was very good. Two of the main pieces of that 2016 pitching staff were freshmen Donavin Buck and Jose Torres. Both Torres and Buck had great seasons in 2016 and are hoping for another bright season this year, but for now, their futures are also coming into focus as the pair has signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock next season.
Donavin Buck is a 6'6" right-hander from Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California. He made 23 appearances last season, mostly out of the Trojan bullpen. Buck struck 42 batters out while recording an impressive 4.20 ERA over 40 innings of work. He had a 3-1 record with four saves.
Jose Torres is a 5'9" right-hander from San Ysidro High School in Rio Rico, Arizona. Jose spent most of 2016 in the starting rotation for the Trojans, competing in 14 games and starting eleven of those. He finished the year with a 7-3 record and a 5.01 ERA. Jose tossed 55 strikeouts while only allowing 18 walks and 31 earned runs.
The Little Rock Trojans play in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. Buck and Torres will now settle in to prepare for the spring season with hopes of propelling TSJC to its fourth straight Region IX title in May.