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5 Detroit Tigers Double-A Players Worthy of a Promotion

Michael Balko
Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson grounds out in the first inning on June 15, 2021, against the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park in Erie. Altoona catcher Arden Pabst is at right.P1seawolves061521
Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson grounds out in the first inning on June 15, 2021, against the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park in Erie. Altoona catcher Arden Pabst is at right.P1seawolves061521 /
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Detroit Tigers Prospect Number One: Riley Greene

Riley Greene is one of the very few players in the Tigers’ minor league ranks who seems ready for the show. Riley Greene, Detroit’s 2019 first-round draft pick, has been electric with the bat and the glove in his debut Double-A season, and he seems like he could be running down fly balls in center field for the Detroit Tigers if they needed him to. While moving him all the way to the show seems unlikely for the 20-year-old, a trip to Triple-A Toledo could prove to be more likely.

Riley Greene, in 52 games in Double-A Erie this season, has hit .275, has an on-base percentage of .366, logged 55 base hits, scored 37 runs, hit nine home runs, and has garnered 29 RBI. Riley Greene was also recently selected to participate in the Futures Game, and his call-up to the highest level of the minor leagues could come soon after he plays in that game.

The Detroit Tigers currently have just three primary outfielders on the active roster in Robbie Grossman, Akil Badoo, and Nomar Mazara, and adding the bright young star in Riley Greene could give their outfield a lot of hope moving forward. Riley Greene, if he’s promoted to Triple-A Toledo this season, could man the Tigers’ outfield as soon as next season.

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