Detroit Tigers Minor League Report: Spencer Torkelson the Future

Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson reached first base on a fielder’s choice after hitting this ball.
Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson reached first base on a fielder’s choice after hitting this ball. /

Detroit Tigers fans were treated to news that Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene were named to AL Futures Game Roster on Wednesday and Torkelson responded accordingly. Christin Stewart treated the fans and West Michigan gets off to a good start down in Peoria.

Detroit Tigers Minor League League Report for June 30th.

Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens (27-22)

Mark Leiter Jr earned his first win in a Mud Hens uniform as Toledo won their third in a row with a 5-2 victory over Columbus. Christin Stewart gave fans a hit an inside-the-park home run, a treat that every fan loves to watch, off former Tigers prospect Kyle Dowdy.

Yariel Gonzalez drove in two with an RBI double off the wall in the third inning and finished the day going 2-for-4. Locke St. John finished June on a high note, as he has not allowed a run in his last four appearances, spanning 10 innings since June 12th.

Double-A Erie SeaWolves (31-19)

We here at Motor City Bengals are running out of superlatives to describe Spencer Torkelson as he went 3-for-4 with a home run and a pair of singles as Erie won 3 to 2 over Reading. John Valente’s RBI single in the seventh provided to be the difference.

Riley Greene had a pair of walks and Ryan Kreidler went 2-for-4. Gerson Moreno pitched two scoreless innings for his fifth save on the season.

High-A West Michigan Whitecaps (23-24)

West Michigan got off to a quick start, scoring four runs in the first and then scoring five runs in the ninth to win 9 to 4 over Peoria.  Eric De La Rosa, batting leadoff, walked three times in the leadoff spot and Bryant Packard went 2-for-6. Tuesday’s game was canceled due to rain.

The Whitecaps took advantage of the free passes Peoria was giving out early on as Rey Rivera drove in two with an RBI single in the first, scoring Parker Meadows and Daniel Cabrera. Rivera would have another RBI in the ninth with a double.

Austin Bergner pitched an impressive 2.2 innings of work, striking out five of the six batters he faced.

Low-A Lakeland Flying Tigers (16-32)

The Flying Tigers lost their fourth in a row, getting shutout 5 to 0.  Lakeland could only scratch out just three hits and they struck out 12 times.

FCL Tigers West (0-2) & FCL Tigers East (1-1)

The Florida Complex League, formerly the GCL, kicked off this week and both Tigers teams squared off against each other as Tigers West beat Tigers East 3 to 2. Here’s a stat line you do not see every day.

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