Detroit Tigers: The 2022 Opening Day Dream Lineup

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Oct 15, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa celebrates after hitting a game winning solo home run. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa celebrates after hitting a game winning solo home run. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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DENVER, CO – JULY 11: Riley Greene #19 of American League Futures Team celebrates a single as Michael Toglia #8 of National League Futures Team looks on at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Batting 2nd for the Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene – RF

As said so beautifully in Cinderella, “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” and my heart is hoping that top prospects Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson break camp with the team next spring, and start this march towards contention right from day one.

Greene had a remarkable 2021 between AA and AAA with a .301 avg, 24 home runs, and 84 RBI. He is a cornerstone for this organization for years to come.

I know some people would want Greene lower in the order to protect him and take some pressure off as he begins his big league journey, but the reigning Tigers offensive minor league player of the year has proven that he is one of the best young players in the world. It should be no sweat off his back to be high up in the batting order.

Batting 3rd – Spencer Torkelson – 1B

Speaking of cornerstones, that brings me to the former number one overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft Spencer Torkelson.

Torkelson had quite the minor league excursion this past year, playing at three different levels, mashing the baseball at every stop. Between high A, AA, and AAA, the man affectionately known as “Tork” clobbered 30 home runs and 91 RBI.

Having his bat third in the lineup may be a little risky, as I’m more confident in Greene’s speedy adjustment to the majors than I am Torkelson, but it can’t hurt having him bat before the next guy in the lineup, ensuring he’ll see some good pitches to hit.

Yes, I’m aware neither “Tork” nor Greene will start the season in Detroit, but it’s my dream! Please don’t try and wake me up!

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