Spencer Torkelson Detroit Tigers

Age: 22 (August 26, 1999) | 6' 1" | 220lbs. | Bats: Right
DET A+ 2021 31 109 21 34 24 28 11 1 5 28 3 2 .312 .440 .569 17 20 .362 n/a
DET AA 2021 50 175 33 46 30 50 10 0 14 36 1 1 .263 .373 .560 14 24 .278 n/a
DET AAA 2021 40 147 35 35 23 36 8 1 11 27 1 0 .238 .350 .531 13 20 .233 n/a
DET AL 2022 83 264 25 52 29 76 11 0 5 21 0 1 .197 .282 .295 10 26 .254 44/17/38 -1 1
Career 1yr 83 264 25 52 29 76 11 0 5 21 0 1 .197 .282 .295 10 26 .254 n/a
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He turned an ankle and is likely out for the rest of the AFL. His teammate Riley Greene never appeared due to a concussion. 

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 22 '21
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 18 '21

It took him a little while to adjust to AAA.  But, he's finally started hitting more consistently.  In his last 4 games he has 2 HR even though he's only 4 for 18 in that stretch.  He does have 3 walks and 3 Ks and 1 2B in those games.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 29 '21

Torkelson and Riley Greene were just promoted to AAA.  They will be up next season at some point. Whether it's in May or after the break depends on their performance over the next six weeks more than anything else.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 16 '21

I saw the video of his third HR of the day.  He has raised his average from the 230s up to the high 270s in a couple days.  This month at AA his slash is 342/444/737 after having some adjustment issues earlier this month.  That said, his ratios were already really good and he was hitting the ball hard with lots of line drives and extra base hits.  

At AA the 21 year old is now 271/384/584.

On the season he's 287/407/578 with 19 HR and 21 doubles in 79 games.  He's probably the best hitting prospect in the minors right now.  I don't expect he'll stick at 3B, though, so his defensive value puts him below guys like Rutschman and Witt who play premium positions.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 13 '21
Alex Patton Alex
Aug 13 '21

Torkelson has really been amazing.  His first few games I was really worried about him.  Granted, it was his first pro game action.  But, he looked like he was totally lost.  In his first 4 games he was 1/16 with 10 Ks.  Even after a good 5th game he continued to struggle.  His first HR was on May 22 and at that time he only had 2 doubles. But, by the end of the month he had dialed in his batting eye.  First professional month was 235/379/397.  He crushed in June, being promoted mid-month.  352/441/692.  He's having some adjustment issues this month at AA, but is still hitting 222/417/593.  The average is of little worry considering his power and he's had more walks than Ks.  At this point, I'd say his draft billing as the #1 pick and his production at two levels shows he could be the #1 hitting prospect in the minors.  I have a feeling his move to 3B will be short lived.  He will be Miggy's replacement at 1B.  Either that or he will come up and move over quickly like Thome did.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jul 15 '21

Minor Leagues Spotlight

Highest on base plus slugging among top-100 prospects in the minors this season

Spencer Torkelson21 AA,A+ DET 230124 .290 .987
Francisco Alvarez19 A+,A NYM20393.292.969
Keibert Ruiz22 AAA LAD180120.287.965
Tyler Soderstrom19 A OAK22292.311.956
Julio Rodriguez20 AA,A+ SEA18277.310.948

See 2021 minor league batting stats at Baseball-Reference.com's Game Log Finder

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 15 '21

3-3 last night plus 2 walks.  He's made the adjustment.  His OPS is now over 900 after a horrid start in which he was striking out in half his ABs.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 11 '21

Spencer Torkelson, High-A West Michigan (Tigers) — The No. 1 overall pick from the 2020 draft is heating up. After time off to recover from a bum hamstring, Torkelson has caught fire. He swatted his fourth homer of the season on Thursday night, and is 6-for-20 with three homers since returning to the lineup on May 29.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 4 '21