Torkelson homers to end year with style

Keeping tabs on the No. 4 overall prospect

October 3rd, 2021

Oct. 3: Smacks homer to end season
Spencer Torkelson ended his first professional season on a high note Sunday, as the No. 4 overall prospect swatted his 30th homer of the year. Torkelson went 1-for-3 in Triple-A Toledo's season finale, working a walk to go along with his solo shot. The top pick in the 2020 MLB Draft had a successful first year in the Tigers' system, jumping from High-A all the way to Triple-A. While his batting average dipped as he progressed, he still managed to keep an OBP above .340 and a slugging percentage above .500 at each stop. Gameday »

Oct. 2: Reaches three times to extend streak
On the eve of the final day of the Triple-A season, Spencer Torkelson turned in another solid performance for Toledo, reaching base three times to extend his on-base streak to 11 games. Torkelson went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored, as his strong debut season comes to a close. Gameday »

Oct. 1: Two walks extend on-base streak
Spencer Torkelson had his six-game hit streak snapped on Friday, but he managed to keep his on-base streak alive, running it to double digits with two walks. Torkelson went 0-for-3 at the plate and scored a run in Triple-A Toledo's 8-2 win over St. Paul. Gameday »

Sept. 30: Season-long six-game hit streak
Detroit Tigers top prospect Spencer Torkelson continued his strong conclusion to the Triple-A season Thursday night, going 1-for-4 and extending his hit streak to a season-long six games. The 22-year-old slugger is hitting .276/.373/.621 with the Toledo Mud Hens in September after posting just a .176/.279/.373 slash line in August. Gameday »

Sept. 29: Smacks extra-base hit in fifth straight
Spencer Torkelson is doing the most with extra at-bats during the Triple-A Final Stretch, as the No. 1 pick from the 2020 Draft swatted an RBI double for his fifth straight game with an extra-base hit. Torkelson went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch, and the Mud Hens walked off on St. Paul, 4-3. The double gives Torkelson 29 on the year, with eight coming in Toledo. He now has 90 RBIs this season, a solid achievement in his first pro season. Gameday »

Sept. 26: On the precipice of a milestone
Spencer Torkelson homered in his third straight game, teeing off in the first inning to give him 29 dingers on the season. He also doubled for the fourth time in as many games, giving him 28 two-baggers this year. Since coming to the Minors' highest level on Aug. 17, last year's No. 1 overall pick has gone yard 10 times and posted a .534 slugging percentage over 35 games, and his two-hit performance Sunday was his eighth multi-knock showing in September. Gameday »

Sept. 25: Drawing closer to 30-homer debut
Going yard for the second straight day, Spencer Torkelson hammered an opposite-field jack for No. 28 on the year and his ninth since being promoted to Triple-A Toledo on Aug. 16. The Tigers' top prospect plated four in a 3-for-5 showing, doubling twice -- he's now at 27 two-baggers and 57 extra-base hits in his first professional season. Gameday »

Sept. 24: Hits 27th homer in loss
Triple-A Toledo might have lost to Louisville on Friday, but Spencer Torkelson provided something to admire with his 27th homer of the season. He had just the one hit, as he went 1-for-3 with a walk on the night. The homer was Torkelson's eighth in Triple-A and a good way to bounce back after he recorded just one hit over the past three games. Gameday »

Sept. 17: Drives in two with two hits
After a couple of disappointing games, Spencer Torkelson bounced back on Friday by driving in his 80th and 81st runs of the season. Torkelson reached base three times on the day, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Triple-A Toledo's tight loss to Columbus. Both of his hits were run-scoring singles in the third and sixth innings. The two RBIs gave Torkelson 17 at the Triple-A level and his first since Sept. 7. Gameday »

Sept. 16: Hitless in win
Spencer Torkelson went hitless for the second straight game on Thursday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Triple-A Toledo's win over Columbus. Torkelson was the DH in the contest after committing two errors in the field in his past two games. The hitless performance snapped a brief six-game on-base streak, as the 22-year-old is hitting .212 since arriving in Toledo. Gameday »

Sept. 15: Walks and scores in Toledo win
Spencer Torkelson went 0-for-3 at the plate on Wednesday, but he still found his way across the plate in Triple-A Toledo's 8-7 win over Columbus, walking and scoring in the first inning. Torkelson has had a bit of trouble with the glove, though, as he committed his fourth error since joining the Mud Hens and his second in as many games. Gameday »

Sept. 14: Pair of singles in rain-shortened win
MLB Pipeline's No. 4 overall prospect Spencer Torkelson posted his fifth multi-hit game of the month Tuesday evening, going 2-for-3 with an RBI before rain rolled in and ended things early. The Arizona State product also was charged with his third fielding error since joining Triple-A Toledo on Aug. 17. Gameday »

Sept. 12: Back in the lineup
Spencer Torkelson avoided injury and was back in the lineup Sunday, posting a 1-for-5 performance which featured a base hit. The Tigers top prospect has cooled down from his early September surge but is still posting a respectable .256/.385/.628 slash line through 12 games this month. Gameday »

Sept. 11: Exits in blowout after HBP
Spencer Torkelson's night was a brief one on Saturday, as he exited after two plate appearances for Triple-A Toledo. Torkelson was hit by a pitch in his first go-around at the plate, but came out and singled in his next at-bat. He was lifted in the fourth inning, but it was more than likely just a precautionary move, as the Mud Hens were already up a whopping 15 runs by that point. Gameday »

Sept. 10: Quiet night in Toledo win
Spencer Torkelson reached base via walk in Triple-A Toledo's 3-2 win over Iowa on Friday, but that was all the Tigers top prospect could muster at the plate, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Torkelson has two hitless games in the Mud Hens' series with Iowa, but has recorded an extra-base hit in a pair of games as well. Gameday »

Sept. 9: Picks up first double of September
Spencer Torkelson went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts for Triple-A Toledo on Thursday. The double, Torkelson's 24th this season, was his first since Aug. 28. He is hitting just .212 through 22 games with the Mud Hens, but thanks to his 11 extra-base hits, Torkelson sports a .518 slugging percentage and an .834 OPS at the highest level of the Minors. Gameday »

Sept. 8: Strikes out three times
Spencer Torkelson couldn't continue his homer hot streak Wednesday as he went 0-for-4 with three K's for Triple-A Toledo. The No. 4 overall prospect had gone deep five times in his first seven games this month. For game No. 8, he would have to settle for a walk and a run scored in a 7-5 victory for the Mud Hens. The three-strikeout performance is out of character for Torkelson, who whiffed just six times in his previous 10 games, spanning 35 at-bats. Gameday »

Sept. 7: Stays hot with seventh homer
Triple-A East pitchers better tread carefully when facing Spencer Torkelson, as the No. 1 pick from the 2020 Draft is starting to turn a corner in Triple-A. His power surge continued on Tuesday, as Torkelson smashed his fifth home run in seven games, as Toledo took down Iowa, 8-2. Torkelson went 2-for-3 on the night, adding a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch to his stat line. He is now hitting .221 with seven homers and a much prettier .872 OPS in 20 games with the Mud Hens. Gameday »

Sept. 5: Power surge continues
MLB Pipeline's No. 4 overall prospect Spencer Torkelson launched his sixth home run since being promoted to Triple-A on Sunday night, highlighting a 2-for-5 day at the dish which included a run scored and an RBI. The Arizona State product is off to a strong start this month, with three multi-hit games and four homers across six starts resulting in a 1.129 OPS. Gameday »

Sept. 4: Quiet night at the plate
Detroit Tigers top prospect Spencer Torkelson was unable to extend his brief on-base streak Saturday night, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. While it's important not to draw drastic conclusions from small sample sizes, it is worth noting that the 22-year-old infielder is now hitting .333/.435/1.056 with three walks and four strikeouts across 18 at-bats against left-handed pitchers at Triple-A but only .137/.237/.255 in 51 at-bats against righties. Gameday »

Sept. 3: Clutch homer highlights night
With just six outs left, Spencer Torkelson smashed a game-tying solo homer to lead off the eighth inning for Triple-A Toledo, his fifth with the club. Torkelson went 2-for-4 and is starting to find the power stroke again after a slow start with the Mud Hens. He now has 24 home runs on the season, with three of his five Triple-A homers coming across the past three days. He has reached base in each of the past 12 games. Gameday »

Sept. 2: Hitless night follows successful doubleheader
Triple-A Omaha pitchers wanted little to do with Spencer Torkelson after his two-homer outburst on Wednesday, walking him twice in five plate appearances. Torkelson didn't record a hit in the game, but the good news for him was that he didn't strike out either. He has a .740 OPS in 16 games at the Triple-A level despite his .180 average. Gameday »

Sept. 1: Two-homer game highlights doubleheader
Spencer Torkelson doubled his home run total with Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, smashing two homers in the first leg of their doubleheader with Omaha. Torkelson opened the scoring in Game 1 with a two-run blast in the first, then followed soon after with a solo shot in the sixth. He ended the first leg 2-for-4 at the dish. Torkelson didn't have the same success in Game 2, though, as the 22-year-old infielder went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. More »