Detroit Tigers’ Spencer Torkelson sprains ankle in Arizona Fall League

Detroit Tigers’ first baseman Spencer Torkelson sustained an injury in the Arizona Fall League while playing for the Salt River Rafters.

He left the game on Wednesday with an ankle sprain, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press on Thursday. While the injury doesn’t appear to be severe, the Tigers are still deciding whether to remove their top candidate from the roster.

The Arizona Fall League, which featured many of baseball’s top perspectives, began on October 13th and ends on November 20th. In seven games, Torkelson hits .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles, three RBIs, eight walks, and five strikeouts, giving him a .607 on base percentage.

Torkelson is the No. 1 Tigers according to the MLB Pipeline. The 22-year-old was voted No. 1 overall in 2020 from the state of Arizona.

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On Wednesday, Torkelson walked in the fourth inning and eventually advanced to third base. There it slipped back into the bag when attempting to pick it up. During the game he rolled his ankle and the rafters immediately sent him to the clubhouse.

The Tigers couldn’t hesitate to give Torkelson a break from baseball for a variety of reasons.

In his first full season as a professional, he took on a lot of work with 121 games in the minor leagues. (The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out minors last year.) He also got his first big league spring training session, going to the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field in July.

Torkelson finished with a .267 batting average, 30 home runs, 91 RBIs, 77 walks and 114 strikeouts as he rose from High-A West Michigan (31 games) to Double-A Erie (50 games) and eventually triple. One Toledo (40 games). With the Mud Hens, Torkelson reached .238 with 11 home runs, 27 RBIs, 23 walks and 36 strikeouts.

Most importantly, the spring workout is less than four months away. The Tigers will give Torkelson an opportunity to be included on the opening day 2022 list, so they want him in full health and rested when camp starts in February.

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Tiger’s shortstop prospectus Ryan Kreidler, who also plays for the Rafters, beats 0.200 (2-for-10) with three walks and six strikeouts in three games. He’s number 10 on the team’s farm system and has had a breakout campaign this season.

Kreidler reached .270 with 22 home runs, 58 RBIs, 56 walks and 158 strikeouts over 129 games for Double-A Erie (88 games) and Triple-A Toledo (41 games). He hit .304 with seven homers in Toledo.

Tigers # 2 outfielder Riley Greene was dropped from the Arizona Fall League due to a concussion protocol prior to the start of the fall season. He sustained a head injury during his last game for Toledo on October 2. The Tigers pulled him off the AFL roster for not wanting to push him back into the competition, especially after making career highs that season with 124 games in Erie (84 games) and Toledo (40 games).

Like Torkelson, Greene is set to fight for a spot on the Tigers’ opening day 2022 roster.

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