DETROIT, Mich — The Detroit Tigers are starting to see some of their young pitching talent show their real potential, the question many fans still have however “where will the offense come from?” With a farm system once viewed as pitching prospect heavy and light in hitting talent the Tigers now find themselves with seven of their top ten prospects doing damage at the plate. The list of potential future Tigers sluggers include no. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson as well as 2019 first round pick (no. 5 overall) Riley Greene.
Through 34 games with the SeaWolves, Greene has been showing signs of what could be, with good on base percentage mixed with power and production. Greene boasts a .365 OBP with 6 home runs balls and 21 RBI’s. With a fluid left-handed swing with great bat speed mixed with raw power Greene seems primed to make a big league run as early as 2022. Although a high school pick Greene is expected move through the minor leagues relatively fast with many scouts viewing the prospect as a potential middle of the lineup type of player.
Spencer Torkelson making news recently with his promotion to Erie from West Michigan where he shined with the bat with a combination of power and ability to get on base. Through 32 games with West Michigan Torkelson hit an impressive .312 with 5 home runs and 28 RBI’s, not to mention an off the charts OBP of .440. However drafted as a third baseman many in the organization view Torkelson as the eventual predecessor for veteran Miguel Cabrera who is near the end of a Hall of Fame career.
Since being drafted Torkelson has embraced the 1-1 pressure that comes with expectations by providing production including this 442 foot home run to centerfield, power on display indicating a sign of more to come many fans hope.