The Detroit Tigers are in a time where the youth of their team will be the future. This is especially true for Spencer Torkelson, who truly will be the face of this franchise moving forward. He’s made his big league debut after breaking camp with the team.
The Detroit Tigers selected Torkelson back in 2020 with the first overall selection in a shortened draft due to the pandemic. Since then, Torkelson is widely regarded as one of the most exciting prospects around baseball.
But now that he has made his debut, it leaves a really cool opportunity for Torkelson as he acclimates to Major League Baseball. This comes with his ability to handle the spotlight. So far, Torkelson has embraced it and been an incredible sport with many things.
From interview after interview, autograph after autograph, and question after question, he’s handled it all well. He’s embraced it all, taken it in stride, and started building an excellent foundation to be a great player off the field as well.
Detroit Tigers’ Spencer Torkelson has embraced the spotlight.
For Torkelson, there have been plenty of media huddled around his locker whenever they can, asking him about his struggles early on. When in reality, he just was putting in that work to get the first hit and get it on the board.
But, Torkelson has been a good sport, answering questions and providing good answers. As A.J. Hinch preaches, Torkelson stressed being patient and trying not to focus too much on that first base knock, focusing on doing things right, doing what he does best, and letting things fall into place.
Ultimately, he would grab his first hit against the Boston Red Sox. After getting that out of the way, he decided to get his first home run out of the way as well. As Torkelson said, “now we go.”
It’s been fun to sit back and look at Torkelson, seeing how he handles this spotlight and adjusts. With everyone waiting for him to make an error to criticize, it’s been great to see Torkelson acting the way he has.
He is answering questions confidently and showcasing a player who’s here to learn, develop, and show why he was the first overall pick in the draft. It’s still so early on for this kid, but it’s been great to watch Torkelson handle this spotlight in the manner that he has.
The hope should be for him to continue to carry himself this way, handle adversity well, and become the generational talent the team is hoping for.
Now we go.