Detroit Tigers’ Spencer Torkelson makes Opening Day roster

LAKELAND, Fla. — On a day the Detroit Tigers received bad news on one top prospect, they announced the other top young player has made the Opening Day roster.

General manager Al Avila announced Saturday that Spencer Torkelson will be on the Tigers’ 28-man Opening Day roster when the season begins Friday against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

“We’ve made that decision,” Avila said.

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Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson during an at-bat in the second inning against the Blue Jays during spring training March 25, 2022 at TD Ballpark.

The 22-year-old first baseman was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft out of Arizona State, though the Tigers billed him as a third baseman. He is the No. 4 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

Torkelson is hitting .280 (7-for-25) with four doubles, three RBIs, two walks and four strikeouts in 12 games this spring. The Tigers informed Torkelson of his roster status in manager AJ Hinch’s office, with Miguel Cabrera present.

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