Tigers draft 3B Torkelson first overall

The Detroit Tigers selected Arizona State junior infielder Spencer Torkelson with the first pick in the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday.Primarily a first baseman in college, the Tigers designated Torkelson as a third baseman.The most recent time a third baseman was selected No. 1 overall was 1992, when the Houston Astros selected Cal State Fullerton’s Phil Nevin first.The only first basemen who topped the draft were Ron Blomberg (1967) and Adrian Gonzalez (2000), both left-handed hitters. Torkelson is a right-handed hitter.Torkelson, 20, had a .340 average, six homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games during the 2020 season, which was abbreviated due to the coronavirus pandemic. He didn’t play at third base in 2020.In three college seasons overall, he produced a .337 batting average, a .463 on-base percentage, a .729 slugging percentage, 54 homers and 130 RBIs in 129 games.

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