When the Detroit Tigers made the most of their 2020 MLB draft class, they selected five good players. Bringing in Spencer Torkelson with the first overall pick has been great as he looks to be on a tear of his own with the West Michigan Whitecaps of High-A.
In the fourth round of the 2020 MLB Draft, the Detroit Tigers would select another Arizona State Sun Devils talent, Gage Workman. The teammate of Torkelson was another good piece of the draft class, and now he is off to a good start in 2021.
Workman is stationed in Single-A with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, where he has been mighty good. He has even hit for the cycle in a recent contest. He has done a good job at the dish, and for a player more noteworthy of his defense and athleticism, he has hit quite well.
Based on the start he has had so far, Workman could very well be headed up a level and be working towards a promotion. If that is the case, he might get promoted up a level, meeting back up with Torkelson at the High-A level. However, promotion to Double-A Erie might be more fitting for Workman to see what he can do.
Detroit Tigers 2020 fourth-rounder Gage Workman could be poised for a promotion.
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So far this season, Workman has played in 23 games for the Flying Tigers. He is slashing .274/.364/.474 with two home runs and 11 RBI.
It should be noted that Workman has 13 total extra-base hits, meaning that half of his hits are for extra bases.
Workman is a switch-hitter who is showing that his power is starting to develop. The upside comes the most with Workman’s ability to be versatile.
He can play pretty much anywhere in the infield and has predominantly been a shortstop with Lakeland this season.
He has worked time at third base and could be thrown over at second base if needed. The versatility is what makes him a valuable prospect.
But his upside in the hitting department has gone up a little bit with the way he is driving the baseball right now. Workman had some power upside coming out of the draft, and with all of the extra-base hits, there is no doubt that he is barreling the ball up well right now.
Frankly, though he is playing shortstop right now, I think he is better suited for third base. He may very well end up there as he develops in the minor leagues. Do not be surprised to see him as a third baseman with power upside if he continues to prove he can drive the ball as well as he has been.
Keep an eye on Gage Workman, who may very well be moving up in the Detroit Tigers farm system sooner than later.