The All-Star Futures Game is set for July 11th and Detroit Tigers Top Prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene were named to the American League Roster. We look back at the best Tigers prospects to play in the (Junior) Midsummer Classic.
Future Detroit Tigers Infielder Spencer Torkelson and Center Fielder Riley Greene have paired up in Double-A Ball to play for the Erie Seawolves and are making noise. Torkelson, considered to be the third-best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, is slashing .290/.407/.542 across 43 games split between Single-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie. In 12 games for Erie, Torkelson has already mashed 3 home runs and driven in 9 runs, flashing his middle-of-lineup potential. The following video displays a “Tork-Bomb” off the scoreboard in a game against the Akron Rubberducks.
In the meantime, MLB.com’s fifteenth overall prospect Riley Greene has been lighting up the Double-A circuit all season, slashing a steady .284/.376/.483. He has provided power to the tune of eight home runs and 28 RBIs. Not limiting himself, he has also shown dazzling speed with eight stolen bases and two triples on the season. Greene recently had a four-hit evening against the Reading Fightin’ Phils, including this double that was ripped into left-center field.
It is evident that Torkelson and Greene are cornerstones of the Detroit Tigers’ future, but let’s look back at the top five former top prospects who were members of the Futures Game.