Spencer Torkelson

22-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Detroit Tigers AAA
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 2/12/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Perhaps the biggest question with last year's No. 1 overall pick is which position he will end up at. Torkelson has been labeled a generational college hitter by many evaluators -- one who projects to hit for big-time power with at least a plus hit tool. He has yet to play in an official minor-league game, but nothing about his offensive profile has changed since the draft, and he got plenty of quality reps at the alternate site and in fall instructs. However, in a surprising move, the Tigers have developed him strictly as a third baseman after Torkelson played first base exclusively at Arizona State. He says the transition has gone well and he expects to be able to handle the hot corner with more reps. There may be years where he is eligible at both corner-infield spots, but short of that, it doesn't really matter for fantasy. He could debut as early as this summer if he performs as expected. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed an $8.42 million contract with the Tigers in June of 2020.
Won't return to fall ball
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
October 22, 2021
Torkelson's sprained ankle will rule him out for the remainder of the Arizona Fall League, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The 2020 first overall pick was one of the top players to watch in the Fall League after he hit .267/.383/.552 across the three highest levels of the minors in his first professional season, but his fall season was cut short after 29 plate appearances due to an ankle injury. Previous reports suggested he could be back before the end of the fall schedule, but he'll instead rest and prepare for spring training.
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Dealing with ankle sprain
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
October 21, 2021
Torkelson suffered an ankle sprain while playing in the Arizona Fall League and is expected to miss "a significant amount of time," Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Promoted to Triple-A
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 15, 2021
Torkelson was promoted to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Struggling to string hits together
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 6, 2021
Torkelson's last 23 games in Double-A have seen him go 16-for-75 (.213) with four homers, 13 RBI, 13 runs and a 17:24 BB:K.
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Unfazed by Double-A
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
July 9, 2021
Torkelson is hitting .273/.380/.591 with six homers, 13 RBI and an 11:15 BB:K across 19 games since his promotion to Double-A Erie.
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Promoted to Double-A
3BDetroit Tigers  AAA
June 13, 2021
Torkelson was promoted to Double-A Erie on Sunday.
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