In the aftermath following the end of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, the University of Hawaii baseball team is already out two big contributors on the mound.
All-Big West 2nd team closer Quintin Torres-Costa will forgo his final two years of eligibility for the Rainbow Warriors, electing to sign a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Friday night starter LJ Brewster also told KHON2 this afternoon that he will skip his senior campaign, electing to sign with the Miami Marlins after the junior right-hander was picked in the 22nd round yesterday.
Torres-Costa, a redshirt sophomore, was selected in the 35th round by Milwaukee yesterday with the 1,051st pick. He will head out to the Brewers spring training complex in Phoenix and undergo a physical. Details on the contract have not been finalized yet.
Brewester will also depart from his Huntington Beach, CA home on Saturday. His contract will be signed in Florida, where details on his signing bonus haven’t been finalized either.
After having UCL surgery in the spring of 2013, Torres-Costa realized his high ceiling as a closer in 2015 for the Rainbow Warriors. The southpaw, standing at 6’0″ 190 lbs, struggled in his role in the starting rotation to begin the season while posting an ERA over 10 through 3 starts. When the left-hander was moved to the closer role out of the bullpen, the Big Island native responded by firing 18 2/3 scoreless innings through the rest of the season. In that span, Torres-Costa notched 26 strikeouts and was 8-for-8 in save opportunities.
Brewster, a converted infielder, spent his first full season as a pitcher for the Rainbow Warriors in 2015. The 6’2 205 lb. junior tossed 94 2/3 innings with a 2.95 ERA. The reliable Brewster didn’t have a start with less than 5 innings pitched, striking out 63 batters on the season.
The Rainbow Warriors are still waiting on pitcher Tyler Brashears (Tampa Bay, 14th round) to decide on signing professionally or returning to school. The last day to sign is July 17th.