BiographySteve Alexander Torrealba was born February 24, 1978 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He graduated from Mario Bricamo High School in Barquisimeto in 1995; he was the baseball team's Most Valuable Player his senior year. Torrealba is a former Major League right-handed catcher who played for the Atlanta Braves from 2001-2002. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Braves in 1995. He made his major league debut on October 6, 2001 and played his last major league game on September 29, 2002. Steve is the son of Pablo Torrealba who pitched for the Braves, Athletics and Chicago White Sox from 1975-1979. In a two-season career, Torrealba hit .105 with one RBI in 17 games played.
Braves Career Highlights2001: Spent the minor league season with Atlanta's Class AA Greenville affiliate...was promoted on 10/2, when Javy Lopez suffered a season-ending injury...on 10/6 vs. Florida made his Major League debut as a pinch hitter and singled...made his other appearance the next day vs. Florida as a defensive replacement behind the plate...in April and May spent time on Greenville's disabled list with a dislocated patella in his left knee...made 1 appearance in the post-season, in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Hou doubled in his only plate appearance...was on the Braves' NLCS roster but did not play vs. the Diamondbacks. 2002: Spent most of the season at Class AAA Richmond but also made 13 apps during 2 stints with the Braves (11g from 8/2-8/26, 2g from 9/3-end of season)...for Atlanta made 5 starts, all at C...on 8/23 at LA made his final start of the season and produced his only career RBI...after his 9/3 recall made a pair of apps as a defensive replacement (9/28 at NYM, 9/29 at NYM)...recorded his only hit of the season on 8/14 vs. the Giants.
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