According to MLB Pipeline’s recently published lists, the Detroit Tigers have seen their 2020 first overall draft pick, Spencer Torkelson, be named the third-best prospect on the Top 100 list. The Tigers have five players on the Top 100 list, similar to the Baseball America list that was also announced last week.
Torkelson is the Detroit Tigers prized prospect and the most recent top draft pick for this organization. Before that, it was Riley Greene and Casey Mize. Before Torkelson had the top spot, Mize was near the top of the Top 100 list and has since graduated up to the big leagues.
This top three ranking should not shock anyone as Torkelson is anticipated to be a future stud in the big leagues. Torkelson’s hitting is his best tool, and he is undoubtedly going to be a threat in the Tigers’ future lineup.
The biggest question about Torkelson is how he will continue to grade out as a third baseman since he was moved to third base after being drafted. The shock came when he was selected by the Tigers and announced as a third baseman.
Detroit Tigers’ top prospect Spencer Torkelson was ranked third on the MLB Pipeline Top 100 list.
Torkelson is still listed as a third base/first base combination according to MLB Pipeline, but he is slated to be a third baseman in the big leagues when he gets there. But do not rule out Torkelson moving back over to first base by the time he gets to the big leagues.
With the affiliates’ announcement back in the fall of 2020, Torkelson is anticipated to be playing Single-A with the West Michigan Whitecaps. The right-handed hitter is only going to garner more attention as he rises through the minor league ranks.
Torkelson is someone who can hit for power but still hit for average at the same time. I think that Torkelson’s bat could develop, and he could perform similarly to how Pete Alonso did when he entered the big leagues with the New York Mets.
The future is bright for Torkelson, and ranking him third rather than first is no slight at all. With Wander Franco and Adley Rutschman ahead of him, he is still in good company. The 21-year old Torkelson is also ranked as the top third baseman according to MLB Pipeline.
While the Tigers’ former top ten MLB Pipeline prospect in Mize was called-up in 2020, Torkelson still has some time before that happens. He is going to be incredibly good when he gets to the big leagues.
The people at MLB Pipeline certainly got it right when they had Spencer Torkelson ranked as the third-best prospect in all of baseball.