The Detroit Tigers had an extremely lousy 2019, but there is hope that the likes of Spencer Torkelson will be able to (eventually) pull them out of their malaise in the future. On Wednesday night, they took him with the first pick of the MLB Draft. As a result of doing so, he becomes the first first baseman to be selected first out of college and the first right handed hitter to play that position and be picked with the first selection.
However, they appear to be inclined to using him at third, as they stated when drafting him. He was hitting .340 and had six home runs through 17 games prior to the Covid-19 crisis shutting down the season. The Baltimore Orioles took outfielder Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) second, followed by the Marlins pinning right-handed pitcher Max Meyer from Minnesota. Lots of M’s there, isn’t it? Kansas City then took lefty Asa Lacy from Texas and Toronto took shortstop Austin Martin from Vanderbilt. Both of those players had been potential #1 picks prior to the beginning of the evening.