Detroit Tigers in good spot with top prospects heading into 2022

Detroit Tigers prospects, left to right: Ryan Kreidler, Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene run the bases during spring training minor league minicamp Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 at TigerTown in Lakeland, Fla.Tigers8
Detroit Tigers prospects, left to right: Ryan Kreidler, Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene run the bases during spring training minor league minicamp Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 at TigerTown in Lakeland, Fla.Tigers8 /
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The Detroit Tigers are expected to receive plenty of help from their farm system this year. Top prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene are banging on the door to the majors and will not be kept down for long. In fact, it may not be a surprise if both are a part of the Tigers’ Opening Day roster.

However, that potential has created an odd situation. Due to the lockout, the major league portion of spring training could overlap with the Triple-A season. This could mean that the Tigers would have to bring Torkelson and Greene from wherever their Triple-A team is playing to spring training to see how they handle major league arms.

Detroit Tigers in great spot with top prospects

Although that situation is not ideal, the Tigers are actually in a relatively decent position compared to other teams. Neither Greene nor Torkelson are on the 40 man roster, allowing them to participate in spring training. This would, potentially, allow them to have a jump on any possible competition for roster spots.

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It is safe to assume that both prospects will be in the majors sooner rather than later. Greene and Torkelson are both consensus top ten prospects in the game, a pair of home grown bats that can provide the foundation for the Tigers’ lineup moving forward.

It is easy to see why based on their production last year. Greene had a .301/.387/.534 batting line in his 558 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 24 homers and 25 doubles while stealing 16 bases. Torkelson, meanwhile, jumped from High-A to Triple-A, producing a .267/.383/.552 batting line in his 530 combined plate appearances with 30 homers and 29 doubles.

The Tigers are clearly looking to contend in the near future. They have made upgrades to both their rotation and lineup as they look to contend with the White Sox. However, for that to happen, their young players will need to step up. That is going to include Torkelson and Greene, although having both in spring training could give them a jumpstart.

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Both Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson are in spring training for the Detroit Tigers. This could work to their advantage early in the 2022 season.