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 Two: Spencer Torkelson

Putting Spencer Torkelson on this list seems like a very obvious choice, as he would immediately enhance the lineup in Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers have done a nice job of not trying to rush their prospects up to the MLB before they’ve had adequate time to develop recently, but if they rush anybody a bit it should be Spencer Torkelson. Torkelson is in his first professional season after the 2020 minor league season was canceled, and he is already all the way up in Double-A after dominating the competition in the lower minors.

Torkelson is very versatile in the infield, as he can play both corners of the infield very well, and that could be a reason for him to warrant a call-up to the MLB within the next couple of years. While Torkelson has been very impressive at the Double-A level thus far, he has seen his fair share of struggles on the defensive end of the game a bit more than he typically does. More than likely, as long as Miguel Cabrera is still playing, Torkelson would spend the rest of this season in Double-A and start next season in Triple-A Toledo, that way he has plenty of time to hone in defensively and make a rather flawless transition to the Detroit Tigers when that time comes.

While Torkelson’s defense could use a bit of work at the third base position, his bat seems to be MLB ready. Torkelson, in 19 games in Double-A Erie, has logged 79 plate appearances, 18 hits, 11 runs, six home runs, and 13 RBI while hitting .273 and logging an on-base percentage of .380. Torkelson has had no issues getting on base in Double-A Erie, and that in large part is what helped him secure a spot in the MLB’s Futures Game this weekend.

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