By Joseph Hayes
It’s been years since the Detroit Tigers fielded a competitive team.
One in which fans could be proud of.
But with recent moves, it appears the team is in line to become competitive again in the next few years.
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On Wednesday, the Tigers selected possibly the most noteworthy baseball hitting prospect in some time in third base/first base prospect Spencer Torkelson.
What’s noteworthy about Torkelson for Tigers fans is he comes already developed in some ways, after leading Arizona State with 54 home runs to pace the Pac-13 as a freshman and a sophomore.
He also hit .337 over the course of that time.
He immediately becomes the Tigers top hitting prospect, joining last year’s first-round pick Riley Greene, who was taken No. 5 overall as an outfielder.
Together, they are Detroit’s best hitting prospects, and join a list of several noteworthy pitching prospects on top of Detroit’s organizational prospect rankings.
That list also includes former No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize from a couple of years ago and now helps beg the question: do the Tigers have the best young prospects among all Detroit pro franchises?
A couple of years ago, that appeared to be far from the case, as the organization lacked much depth in the minor leagues.
But now, with several pitching prospects on deck and the organization building some hitting prospects within in its rankings with his draft choices on Wednesday and Thursday, the Tigers do seem to be on the right track to be competitive once again in the next couple seasons.
Torkelson should be a big contributor in the organization’s rebirth, either as a third baseman where he is currently listed, or as a first baseman where he played in college.
Either way, the Tigers finally appear to be on the right track.