1B Spencer Torkelson
Yes, Tork was pretty bad last season. But I'm not ready to give up on him—and neither should you.
He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2020 for a reason. Nobody else would have been taken if a different team held the No. 1 pick that year. Torkelson was the consensus top pick in the draft.
He has all the talent and ability in the world. If anything, it seems like it could be all in his head
Our Jake Boes pointed something out back in Spring Training before the 2021 season, where Tork was struggling mightily. He tweeted out a thread where he explained that Tork added a little timing mechanism to his swing, and it may have had the opposite effect of what he was looking for.
The issue doesn't seem to be the timing mechanism itself, it's when he starts it. It starts way too late. He needs to get his hands going much earlier. Or, he needs to get rid of it entirely.
It'll be interesting to see if the new hitting staff has talked to Torkelson about that, or have suggested another alternative. It would be a shame to let a talent like him go to waste.
That being said, there's just no way he's going to be as bad as he was last year. He just can't be. If he is, the Detroit Tigers are in deep trouble.