The Detroit Tigers top two prospects are now one step closer to the big leagues. After tearing up AA, Outfielder Riley Greene and Infielder Spencer Torkelson have officially been promoted to AAA Toledo. Shortstop Ryan Kreidler was promoted as well.
Riley Greene was the fifth overall selection in the 2019 MLB draft and is widely seen as a top ten prospect in baseball. He has only solidified his status as a future star this year, mashing AA pitching to the tune of a .298/.381/.525/.905 (Batting Average/ OBP/ SLG/ OPS) slash line. He also has 16 home runs and 12 stolen bases, showing his power and speed combination. Greene has mainly played center field, but could easily play all three outfield spots in the majors.
Spencer Torkelson was the first overall selection in the 2020 MLB draft and depending where you look, is any where between the best and third prospect in the sport. He made his professional debut this season and has not disappointed. He played 31 games in A ball and 50 games in AA mashing at a .282/.399./.563/.963 slash line. The Tigers have been playing him at third base to try to increase his versatility, but he can play at first base as well. He has 19 home runs on the year.
When will Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson make it to the MLB?
The big question is when will they arrive in Detroit?
AJ Hinch has already said it won’t be this year, but could it be next season? I would expect so. I would also expect the looming collective bargaining agreement to play a factor in the decision. Presently, the way the CBA is, most teams will wait a month or two into a season to call up a top prospect. This is because it allows the teams an extra year or two of team control, before the player can enter arbitration and get a pay raise. This is a hot bed topic among the league and player’s union, so it will likely get ironed out this off-season.
If both players perform well at AAA and there is no service time type restriction in the next CBA, they both could be on the MLB roster as early as opening day next year.
Whenever it may be, it is finely exciting to be a Tigers fan again.