Detroit Tigers future getting closer to majors

Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson grounds out in the first inning on June 15, 2021, against the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park in Erie. Altoona catcher Arden Pabst is at right.Primary photo P1seawolves061521
Erie SeaWolves batter Spencer Torkelson grounds out in the first inning on June 15, 2021, against the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park in Erie. Altoona catcher Arden Pabst is at right.Primary photo P1seawolves061521 /
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It is easy to start to feel good about the Detroit Tigers. After a rough start to the season, they have played over .500 ball, and could potentially pass the Indians for second in the AL Central. While they are not going to reach the postseason this year, the bright future that had been promised during the rebuilding process may actually happen.

While the Tigers have an impressive homegrown rotation, the lineup is still lagging behind. That may not be the case for much longer, as both Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene have been promoted to Triple-A.

Detroit Tigers top two prospects one step away

Torkelson appears as though he may be able to live up to his hype. The top overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft has slugged his way rapidly up the ladder as this is his second promotion of the year. In his 353 plate appearances between High-A and Double-A, Torkelson has put together a solid .282/.399/.563 batting line, belting 19 homers and 21 doubles.

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Greene, another consensus top 50 prospects, had also been impressive at Double-A. He had produced a .298/.381/.525 batting line in his 373 plate appearances at Erie, hitting 16 homers and 16 doubles while stealing 12 bases. The 20 year old has also appeared in all three spots in the outfield this season, providing needed versatility.

Ryan Kreidler may not be the same caliber of prospect as Torkleson and Greene, but he is still intriguing. Ranked as the Tigers’ 19th best prospect by MLB.com, he has also provided a mix of power and speed. Over the course of his 388 plate appearances, he has produced a .256/.325/.429 batting line with 15 homers and 15 doubles while stealing ten bases.

If any of this trio reaches the majors this season, it is likely to be as a September callup. However, the fact that they are this close provides the hope that such a promotion could happen. Likewise, having this promising group close to joining a young and talented rotation shows that the Tigers rebuilding process may be in its final days.

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The Detroit Tigers’ top two prospects are on their way to Triple-A. Brighter days are not only ahead, but they could happen soon.