The Chicago White Sox have to deal with Spencer Torkelson for a long time as he has been drafted by the Detroit Tigers with the first overall pick.
The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers are both at completely different stages of their rebuilds. The White Sox are about done with it and ready to compete while the Tigers are coming off a 48 win season that earned them the first overall pick. With that pick, they selected Arizona State third baseman, Spencer Torkelson. He is a monster power hitter that should be an impact player at the MLB level relatively soon.
Torkelson is going to add some much-needed power to their lineup. He hit 54 home runs in 129 college games so you know he can really blast the baseball. No player in the Detroit Major League lineup had more than 15 in 2019. They are the only team in the MLB who didn’t have a single-player hit at least 16 home runs. It was a brilliant pick by the Tigers.
This type of player coming to the division is less than ideal. He is going to be a solid power for a very long time once he finally reaches the Major Leagues. Hopefully, by that time comes, the White Sox already know how to contain players like this. The Tigers have a long way to go before they are on the level of the White Sox but don’t be surprised if they get there one day.
He made it clear during the draft that he is good friends with Andrew Vaughn. Vaughn was the White Sox first pick at third overall in the 2019 MLB Draft and they have big plans for him as well. Maybe both players can be friendly rivals over the next few years. It would be a lot of fun to watch these two friends compete against each other as members of big-time rivals.
Torkelson wasn’t drafted out of high school which is extremely rare for a player that ends up being the first overall pick. We aren’t sure what position he is going to play when he gets to the MLB but the Tigers believe he is going to be their third baseman as he is listed. Either way, he is a name to watch out for as White Sox fans in the coming years.