Detroit Tigers: What to expect from Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson

Detroit Tigers prospects Riley Greene Spencer Torkelson.
Detroit Tigers prospects Riley Greene Spencer Torkelson. /
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Detroit Tigers: Give Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson Time

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DENVER, CO – Riley Greene congratulates Spencer Torkelson after both scored against the National League Futures Team. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

We’ve hit you with an awful lot of charts and stats in this piece, but let’s finish with two more just to tie everything together. First, for Riley Greene:

Well that’s interesting. We wouldn’t say we cracked the Steamer code, but our methods (presumably with much smaller sample sizes) produced pretty similar results. It all depends on playing time, but Detroit Tigers fans should probably expect Riley Greene’s 2022 season to look a bit like Akil Baddoo’s 2021 season. Not too shabby. Now, enjoy some dingers:

And now let’s look at Spencer Torkelson’s projections:

Here we have a little divergence, particularly in the power department. Steamer is quite bullish on Torkelson’s power playing in the big leagues right away — perhaps they fold tool grades into their projections — and expects him to look like 2005 Chris Shelton. Our prospect ranks see more of 2008 Matt Joyce, and the minor-league stats expect something like Carlos Pena’s 2002.

Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson certainly have the talent to reach the majors and perform like superstars immediately. They could also arrive and struggle more than anyone thought possible.

The most likely scenario is they both have up-and-down seasons, put up average numbers, and combine to help the Detroit Tigers win 2-to-5 more games in 2022. Fans might be disappointed by such an outcome, but it would actually be a terrific sign for the future of the franchise. Now, more dingers:

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