AJ Hinch Discusses Potential Spencer Torkelson Promotion
It's been over a month since Spencer Torkelson last appeared in an MLB game for the Detroit Tigers. The former No. 1 overall selection was sent back down to the minors after he failed to light it up in his first taste of major-league action.
There's a chance he'll return to the team before the season ends, though, according to manager A.J. Hinch.
Torkelson last played for the Tigers on July 16 before being demoted to Triple-A Toledo. The first overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft struggled to begin his big-league career, batting just .197/.282/.296 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 83 games before getting sent down.
The 22-year-old's woes have followed him to Toledo, where he's hitting .226/.339/.387 in 28 games for the Mud Hens so far.
With rosters expanding in September, the Tigers could bring Torkelson back up. Based on Hinch's comments, it sounds like Detroit would like to see some signs of improvement from Torkelson before giving him another crack at The Show.
Torkelson isn't the only Tiger who's scuffled at the plate this year, as Detroit has the worst offense in baseball by a number of measures. The Tigers seemingly don't want to rush him back to the majors if he's not ready, however, especially since they're currently 30 games below .500 and in last place in the AL Central.