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  • Writer's pictureHugo Traverso

Spencer Torkelson makes history in the MLB Draft

Spencer Torkelson was selected first overall by the Detroit Tigers in the 2020 MLB Draft last night. He was born in Petaluma, California in Sonoma County. He went to Casa Grande High School. He went to Arizona State, and played for the Sun Devils baseball. He played for Tracy Smith. He had .337 BA with 168 hits, 54 home runs, 33 doubles, 130 RBIs, .729 slugging percentage, 110 BBs in 129 games in 3 years. His scouting grading (20-80 grading scale)

Hitting: 60 Power: 65

Run: 40 Arm: 50

Field: 50 Overall: 60

He also played for the USA Baseball Amateur team, and in the Cape Cod League. He is turning 21 years old on August 26, 2020. He is 6'1" and 220 pounds. He bats and throws right-handed. He was a first baseman, but was announced as a third baseman. You can compare him to Andrew Vaughn, a standout third baseman out of Cal. He was drafted 3rd overall by the White Sox last year. Vaughn is from Santa Rosa, California which is also in Sonoma County. Torkelson has a lot of power on his pull side. He is a very good fielder. He has a powerful arm.

Comparing him to Giants Player: Mike Yastrzemski

Comparing to MLB Player: Christian Yelich

This is from Torkelson becomes the fourth Arizona State baseball player to go No. 1 overall in program history, easily an NCAA-high – two more than any other program. He joins Rick Monday (1965), Floyd Bannister (1976) and Bob Horner (1978) to earn the prestigious designation out of ASU. 

He made history by becoming the first Sonoma County kid to get drafted first overall in the MLB Draft.

  • NOTE* I am trying to line up interviews with both Andrew Vaughn and Spencer Torkelson

Andrew Vaughn

Andrew Vaughn

Vaughn at Cal

Mike Yastrzemski

Christian Yelich

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