Spencer Torkelson represents the future of the Detroit Tigers. It’s because of his talents that the organization is looking to compete soon. So far, the 22-year-old first baseman is living up to the hype.
In his first eight games at the MLB level, Torkelson has a slash line of .227/.370/.545 with five hits, five runs batted in and four walks. Against the division-rival Kansas City Royals, he put up his first great moment in the majors. He smacked a 432-foot home run to give the Tigers the lead in the top of the seventh inning. After the game, he said that the dinger was huge because his team was behind on the scoreboard.
Spencer Torkelson: "I think I said, 'Come on baby!' I was pretty fired up. … We needed it, and that’s why it felt so good." https://t.co/teH6RfURPu
— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) April 16, 2022
Detroit held on for the 2-1 win. Torkelson driving in the team’s only runs allowed them to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
According to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, manager AJ Hinch was thrilled for Torkelson, who has been dealing with the pressure to live up to his potential. The former top prospect is now one of the Tigers’ most important players.
“That was a big emotional hit,” AJ Hinch said. “We’re in the latter third of the game and the Royals have a shutdown bullpen. It’s hard to come by. We play so many close games against those guys, a big swing like that puts a jolt in the dugout.
‘I love it when players show emotion, especially Tork, who carried a lot of stress the last 10 days or so trying to get himself up and running. It was a great way to stamp his arrival.”
Detroit has a lot of work to do but the foundation they have right now, spearheaded by Torkelson and Javier Baez, has a strong attitude and the talent to compete.