Detroit Tigers rookie infielder and top MLB prospect Spencer Torkelson made personal history Tuesday afternoon against the Boston Red Sox when he recorded a double for his first-ever MLB hit.
A player's first hit is always special, proven by how his team will save the ball to preserve the memory. While Torkelson eventually got to experience that, he was first trolled by teammate Jeimer Candelario.
In the video below, Candelario pretends to throw the ball into the crowd as if it were a souvenir, giving Tigers fans a mini heart attack in the process.
Candelario eventually gave the ball to the team's authenticator so that it could be preserved for Torkelson. Still, it was a harmless rib that likely gave several baseball purists a good scare.
Expectations have been high for Torkelson after he was taken first overall in the 2020 MLB Draft. He racked up 30 home runs and 91 RBIs in a combined 431 at-bats between Triple-A, Double-A and High-A in 2021, prompting his call-up this season.
Torkelson began his MLB career without a hit and seven strikeouts in 10 at-bats over his first four games. Now that he has a hit, Tigers fans are hoping that the offensive floodgates are about to open.
Torkelson is also one of the top players on FanDuel Sportsbook's 2022 American League Rookie of the Year odds list. He currently sits at +600, tying him with Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan for the third-best odds.
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