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Spencer Torkelson and the Worst Debuts in Detroit Tigers History

Mar 17, 2021 - Spencer Torkelson hits a foul ball. Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2021 - Spencer Torkelson hits a foul ball. Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports /
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Worst Detroit Tigers Debut Number 4 – Mike Gerber

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Feb 25, 2018 – Detroit Tigers left fielder Mike Gerber bats. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

In many ways Mike Gerber is a success story. Most 15th-round senior signs don’t last more than a year in pro ball before moving on with their lives, but Gerber quickly put up big numbers and worked his way into being one of Detroit’s top prospects. He made his MLB debut with three brief appearances in April 2018, but returned in July/August.

Gerber went 4-for-10 with a double in his first three games back with the Tigers, but then went 0-for-30 with 17 strikeouts in his final 12 games with the club. He was sent back to Toledo, then designated for assignment that winter. His final numbers with the Detroit Tigers: 18G, .095 AVG, 44.7% K rate, -0.7 bWAR

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