Tigers Fans Will Love ESPN's Top-100 MLB Prospects List
While the ongoing MLB Lockout casts more and more doubt around an uninterrupted 2022 season, the calendar is still a few weeks from March. That means baseball will soon sit center stage on the minds of sports fans everywhere.
Regardless of what happens with the lockout, Minor League Baseball will start on time because MiLB players are not a part of the MLBPA. MiLB Spring Training is less than a month away and offers desperate baseball fans a temporary relief from these dreaded CBA negotiations.
Fortunately, ESPN recently released a top-100 list of current MLB prospects and there's a lot to love for Detroit Tigers fans.
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Other than the Baltimore Orioles, the Tigers are the only other team to have two prospects inside of Kiley McDaniel's top 10. Those players happen to be centerfielder Riley Greene (No. 5) and first baseman Spencer Torkelson (No. 7).
McDaniel describes Greene as an "incredibly gifted hitter with above-average tools" and compares him to Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker. Greene showed a lot of promise across 485 AA and AAA at-bats last season, finishing with 24 home runs, 84 RBIs and a .301/.387/.534 slash line.
Meanwhile, Torkelson is a right-handed 1B with impressive power, reminding McDaniel of talents such as Jose Abreu and Pete Alonso — two perennially 30-plus home run hitters. Torkelson played at three different minor league levels last season, totaling 18 doubles, 25 HRs and 63 RBIs in 322 AA and AAA at-bats.
While Tigers fans are likely thrilled by McDaniel's praise, it's important to remember that no prospect is guaranteed to reach their potential. Greene and Torkelson still have some work to do until they're everyday MLB players, but they've at least proven that they have the tools to potentially get there one day.
Nevertheless, the future looks bright in Detroit and only time will tell if brighter days are ahead for Tigers fans.
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