Massive fire burning after building explosion in Va. “Can I see him doing that?” ASU head coach Tracy Smith asked rhetorically of Torkelson being selected first overall in the 2020 MLB draft. 2002: Scott Moore, SS, selected No. "It's not shocking to me," Torkelson told ESPN. Slot to Arizona State Sun Devils Newsletter. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. I’m a very proud parent.”.

2019: Riley Greene, OF, selected No.

Torkelson is exactly what the Tigers need in their system — a power hitter who can hit for average, get on base and blast home runs. But that presented a problem for the Tigers. Torkelson hit 54 home runs in two-plus seasons at Arizona State, and broke Barry Bonds’ freshman record. 8 out of Cypress High School in California. He almost certainly would have smashed the program's 42-year record set by Homer, who was the No.
Torkelson hit 54 home runs in two-plus seasons at Arizona State, and broke Barry Bonds’ freshman record. I finally made the USA Team my freshman year of college.”, [ Detroit Tigers MLB draft picks 2020: Round-by-round selections ]. 2005: Cameron Maybin, CF, selected 10th overall out of T.C. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. (Photo: Trevor Booth/Sun Devil Source, 247Sports). “It was kind of devastating. The son of two accountants, Torkelson was not drafted coming out of high school in Petaluma, California. Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson. But I bounced back quick. “Any time you see someone play that is that talented, I think it brings back memories of playing and competing. Spencer Torkelson Hits Home Runs Better Than Barry Bonds, Kills Rattlesnakes, And Will Likely Be The First Pick In Tonight's MLB Draft. He's an athlete who played youth hockey, middle school basketball and four years of high school football. In comparison, Torkelson is a prodigious power hitter. He's an athlete who played youth hockey, middle school basketball and four years of high school football. ... That's what I pride myself on. Torkelson attended Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, California, where he played baseball, football and basketball. He was on pace to again hit more than 20 this year and could have easily finished with more than 70 in his career. As a sophomore, Torkelson hit the fifth-most home runs in Division I and the most in the Pac-12. As a freshman, he broke former ASU outfielder and MLB home run king Barry Bonds’ record for home runs by a freshman at ASU. He’s a special, special player.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Why Spencer Torkelson is a home run for Detroit Tigers in 2020 MLB draft, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories. I am convinced Martin is going to be an outstanding professional because he can play defense, run and hit. 1 overall out of Auburn. He said that finding out the Pac-12 had canceled the remainder of all spring sports competition due to COVID-19 was one of the worst days in his family’s recent history. So even though Torkelson spent three years in college, Torkelson is only one year older. Most project him to be a second baseman.

"A baseball player isn't stuck at one position. This was the most unusual draft ever.

And that’s why Avila took Torkelson, in a year when he had to nail this pick. 1 overall, Rice. The song by rapper Lupe Fiasco has a positive message about striving for your goals, no matter the circumstances, which seems so fitting at this moment. 2013: Jonathon Crawford, RHP, selected 20th overall out of Florida. Follow him on Twitter @seideljeff.

The song by rapper Lupe Fiasco has a positive message about striving for your goals, no matter the circumstances, which seems so fitting at this moment. Riley Greene, the Tigers’ first-round pick in 2019, will turn 20 in September. Torkelson is batting .387 with 20 RBIs and is among the leaders of one of the top offensive teams in the nation. He gets mad at [Rick and I] when we talk to people about his stats and he’s just well-liked. Teams this year [were not] willing to take their chances on him. But the Tigers believe he is athletic enough to play another position, which changes everything. As a sophomore, Torkelson hit the fifth-most home runs in Division I and the most in the Pac-12. But that presented a problem for the Tigers. Download our free mobile app on, © Patrick Breen, Patrick Breen/The Republic. If you study the Tigers’ minor league system, the Torkelson pick makes even more sense. The 20-year-old from Petaluma, California, was hitting a home run at a shocking rate of one for every 8.3 at-bats. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. If that's at third base, that's what it is. 2009: Jacob Turner, RHP, selected 9th overall out of Westminster Christian Academy (Missouri). The son of two accountants, Torkelson was not drafted coming out of high school in Petaluma, California.

The coronavirus pandemic shut down the baseball season for college and high school players. “I know how much he cares about the season and how much he really wanted this team to get to the College World Series,” Rick Torkelson said. “You start with that power,” said Brett Wallace, who is fourth all-time at ASU with 45 homers.

2004: Justin Verlander, RHP, selected 2nd overall out of Old Dominion University. Rick Torkelson said that because his son's college career was cut short due to the seasons' premature cancelation, there should be an asterisk and explanation next to his son’s name in the home run column. We recruit well and being able to get a guy like that in here to continue that is pretty cool.”. Earlier in high school team days, he scored 430 in 11 home runs and he as 99 runs battled in RBI. As he talked, you could hear the drive in his voice. But Martin is not an ideal center fielder or a natural shortstop.

I am convinced Martin is going to be an outstanding professional because he can play defense, run and hit. And they were lucky because he happens to fill their biggest need. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. “I got cut from that team,” he told the Free Press in February. That made evaluations tricky for scouts and general managers, which put the Tigers in a precarious position. He is very likely to receive a multi-million dollar signing bonus this summer. Spencer Torkelson, who was taken by the Detroit Tigers with the first pick in the 2020 MLB draft Wednesday night, had the same walk-up song for his entire career at Arizona State, as he became one of the best hitters in college baseball: Even if they turn the lights out, the show is goin' on!”. The Tigers announced Torkelson as a third baseman on Wednesday night, indicating their future plans. This doesn't complete the Tigers' rebuild, but it gives it a strong boost. He sets the tone for the game.”. Because Torkelson has the potential to become a star. But I bounced back quick. The Tigers could have taken Vanderbilt’s all-everything Austin Martin. ... That's what I pride myself on. Players hats are prepared before the stat of Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, on Friday, April 8, 2016. 1 overall pick in the 1978 MLB Draft. 2001: Kenny Baugh, RHP, selected 11th overall out of Rice University.