Detroit Tigers’ Spencer Torkelson sprains his ankle in Arizona’s Fall League
He left Wednesday’s game with a sprained ankle, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press on Thursday. While the injury doesn’t appear to be serious, the Tigers are still deciding whether their best prospect should be taken out of the listing.
The The Arizona Fall League, featuring many of baseball’s top prospects, kicked off October 13 and will end on November 20. In seven games, Torkelson is 0.450 (9 for 20) with two doubles, three RBIs, eight walks and five strikeouts, giving him a based percentage of 0.607.
Torkelson is the Tigers’ No.1 prospect, according to MLB pipeline. The 22-year-old was selected No.1 overall in 2020 in the state of Arizona.
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Torkelson walked on Wednesday in the fourth inning and eventually made it to third. There he slipped towards the bag during a pick-up attempt. He rolled his ankle during the game and the Rafters immediately sent him to the clubhouse.
The Tigers might not hesitate to give Torkelson a break from baseball, for several reasons.
He took on a heavy workload in his first full season as a professional, playing 121 minor league games. (The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out minors last year.) He also had his first spring training in the big leagues and went to the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field in July.
Torkelson finished with a .267 batting average, 30 home runs, 91 RBIs, 77 walks and 114 strikeouts as he moved from High-A West Michigan (31 games) to Double-A Erie (50 matches) and, finally, in Triple- A Toledo (40 games). With the Mud Hens, Torkelson reached 0.238 with 11 homers, 27 RBIs, 23 walks and 36 strikeouts.
More importantly, spring training is less than four months away. The Tigers will give Torkelson the opportunity to make the 2022 opening day roster, so they want him to be healthy and well rested when camp begins in February.
Also playing for the Rafters, the Tigers’ shortstop hope Ryan kreidler hitting 0.200 (2v10) with three walks and six strikeouts in three games. He is the No.10 prospect in the team’s farming system and has enjoyed a breakout campaign this season.
Kreidler is 0.270 with 22 homers, 58 RBIs, 56 walks and 158 strikeouts in 129 games for Double-A Erie (88 games) and Triple-A Toledo (41 games). He reached 0.304 with seven circuits in Toledo.
Voltigeur Riley greene, the # 2 prospect of the Tigers, was struck out of the Arizona Fall League before the fall season opened due to concussion protocol. He injured his head in his last game for Toledo on October 2. The Tigers pulled him out of the AFL roster because they didn’t want to rush him into the competition, especially after playing 124 games, a career-high this season with Erie (84 games) and Toledo (40 games).
Like Torkelson, Greene is expected to compete for a spot on the Tigers roster for Opening Day 2022.