Detroit Tigers: Will Spencer Torkelson be making a move across the infield?

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Detroit Tigers youngster Spencer Torkelson goes deep against the Seattle Mariners.
Detroit Tigers youngster Spencer Torkelson goes deep against the Seattle Mariners. / Steph Chambers/GettyImages
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Detroit Tigers' Spencer Torkelson might end up at third base after all.

As the Detroit Tigers continue to roll along in the offseason, they will have some decisions to make. After their recent moves and group of players that were non-tendered, Spencer Torkelson may be headed down a road of versatility.

When the Detroit Tigers drafted Torkelson, he was announced as a third baseman rather than a first baseman. During his collegiate days, Torkelson played only first base and outfield for the Arizona State Sun Devils.

There was a bit of shock when Torkelson was announced as a third baseman, with the assumption that it would not last long. Ultimately, Torkelson was brought up as a first baseman, and it might be time to re-visit that initial idea the Tigers had.

Even though that was the Al Avila regime, Scott Harris and his crew will continue piecing together their vision, which might require some changes. The free agent pool is uber thin for third basemen and leaves the Tigers in an interesting spot.

There may be a better opportunity for the Tigers to go out and acquire a first baseman. This would mean that Spencer Torkelson gets put in a tough spot as he was settling into the position and bounced back well in the second half of the season.

Torkelson started the year with the team, got demoted around the All-Star Break, and got called back in the second half of the season. He finished with a .203/.285/.319 with 16 doubles, a triple, and eight home runs for 28 RBI over 404 plate appearances.

He may not have put himself in the Rookie of the Year campaign or vaulted himself up the rookie power rankings, but there's still time. Harris continues to say that he believes in Torkelson and views him as being part of the solution; the question is if his spot at first is as much of a lock as it seems.

On top of the better free agent market, A.J. Hinch is a fan of versatility amongst his players. It just leads me to think that there's a chance Hinch gets some say in the future of this team and might want to see Torkelson get some reps in at third.

It will be interesting to see how Harris and his crew attack this need. Still, with Jeimer Candelario being non-tendered, Torkelson may be tasked with becoming more versatile as a corner infielder.

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