#5 Spencer Torkelson
Whether he plays third or first base, Torkelson’s power potential makes him the sure-fire choice to be as ranked as he is. Over at Prospects Live’s list we dropped back in November, Chris Brown, Jake Boes, myself, and James Chipman all agreed that he should be number one.
Not often do the Detroit Tigers have not only a player who can potentially hit for power but also has an impressive tool of 60. and can also walk. But as Dan Hasty and Baseball America have both said, when you draw comparisons to Paul Konkero, he is definitely on the right path.
Last year when he joined the list, he started at number eight so he has quickly risen three spots. It’s not only his offense that carries his profile. As Chris Brown wrote on his scouting report about Torkelson:
“Solid average defender at first base; displays a quick first step and above-average range for the position”
According to the scouting report by Baseball America, ($) he is projected to hit .280 with 40-plus homers on the high end and .260 with 30-plus on the low end.
What will be nice for Tigers fans is that he is slated to start the season at High-A West Michigan so anyone who lives in the state of Michigan, will be hitting home runs out of Fifth-Third Field.