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Why the Detroit Tigers left Spencer Torkelson out of their 60-player pool


The Tigers selected Spencer Torkelson of Arizona State with the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft on June 10, 2020. A quick look at the new Tigers prospect.


the Detroit The Tigers pool for the 2020 season, submitted Sunday afternoon, featured most of the names expected earlier in the week. But there were a few questions: Where was Spencer Torkelson’s first overall choice? And why was outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. not part of the team?

Fear not, Tigers fans, Torkelson will be added before the team’s second training wave – dubbed “Summer Camp” – which begins July 3 with pitcher and catcher training at Comerica Park.

On Sunday, the Tigers added most of their top hopes who are not on the 40-player list, including right-handers Alex Faedo, Matt Manning, Casey Mize, left-hander Tarik Skubal and outfielder Riley Greene.

Pitcher Daniel Norris, center, Matthew Boyd, right, and Jordan Zimmermann speak to fans as they head into the field to train during the Detroit Tigers’ spring training at TigerTown in Lakeland, Florida on Monday, February 17, 2020. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

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The Tigers submitted 58 names, leaving room for maneuver; players who are not on the original list can be added later, but any player from the list who is removed is not eligible for the season. Only one player from the Team 2020 draft class – not including Torkelson, who has not signed – has been selected: wide receiver Dillon Dingler, their second-round pick in Ohio State.

Stokes was the only player on the 40 player list not included in the player list. We don’t know why – Stokes appeared to have opened enough eyes this spring, hitting .273 in 22 strikes with the Tigers after six seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers. organization. The 23-year-old may have been injured.

Active lists must be reduced from 60 to 30 at the start of the regular season, then from 30 to 28 (with a minimum of 25 players) at the start of week 3. By week 5, the lists will be 26 for the remainder of the season.

In addition to a crop of young field hopefuls that includes Greene, Daz Cameron, Travis Demeritte and Derek Hill, the team included Jorge Bonifacio, who was not on the 40-man roster. Bonifacio signed with the Tigers in December after a decade with the Kansas City Royals; he hit .255 with 17 homers in 113 games for the Royals in 2017, but saw action in just five games in 2019, averaging .350 and three doubles.

Beyond Greene – who had a slash line of .271 / .347 / .403 when he made his professional debut on three minor league levels last season – and the best prospects for pitch, few other young players have made the list. Second baseman Kody Clemens, who touched 0.238 with 42 hits in 115 Class A Lakeland games, was considered an option. In addition to Dingler, the Tigers made four other picks in the 2020 draft, three of which were from the college ranks, but none were successful.

Nine of the Tigers’ top 10 prospects are on the 60 player list; the only one left out, Joey Wentz, was not a surprise, as the left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this year.

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The Tigers mostly kept famous products with their list of 60 men, aiming to establish enough depth to cross the season. Although there has been no official announcement, a minor league season is not planned, leaving a smaller group of substitutes for the Tigers in the event of injury.

The 30 pool players who are not on the 30 player list will train at another location; Teams will also take a three-person “taxi team” with them when traveling on the road – they will be paid but must not be on the main list and can be activated in the event of injury to prevent replacement players do not need commercial flights.

Here is a more in-depth look at the Tigers pool:

Launcher Michael Fulmer performs a throw during spring training for the Detroit Tigers at TigerTown in Lakeland, Florida on Friday, February 14, 2020. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

Not a surprise, but a familiar face

Michael Fulmer, who missed all of 2019 with knee and elbow surgeries, was added to the list of 60 men. Director Ron Gardenhire was excited about Fulmer’s recovery earlier this week.

“It looks great,” said Gardenhire on Thursday. “He is in the best shape I have ever seen. He says his knee feels good, his elbow feels good. So, you know what, kick it out, and see what happens. “

Prospect to know

Catcher Brady Policelli (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

Brady Policelli, a seeker who has evolved around the diamond, is a notable minor league player who has made the cut, including at least 20 catcher, third base and outdoor field games in 2019 with Lakeland. At 24, he posted a .239 / 341 / .408 slash line in 123 games with the Flying Tigers. The Tigers really like Policelli and the figure to develop his versatility during this time.

Player to watch who could make the 30 men

With the Tigers relievers enclosure as it stands, it would not be surprising to see some of the guest pitchers not aligned in the team. Keep an eye out for right-hander Shao-Ching Chiang, whose speed has impressed the Tigers so far. Chiang had a 5.15 ERA in 26 starts with the Triple-A Indian Club in Columbus, Ohio, last season.

Pitcher (s) to watch in the camp

Faedo had a quiet 2019 impressive season at Double-A Erie – including starting a no-hitter in April – and held his own at spring camp. Although the Tigers’ first choice in 2017 is unlikely to make its debut this season, it will receive precious time to work with reserves beyond the 30-man roster and appears to be the most flexible on the team in terms of adaptation from start to relief, if the Tigers go this way to get their sleeves prospects. It will also be interesting to see what Franklin Perez – the Justin Verlander 2017 trade price – looks like. Perez had only 27 innings in two seasons with the Tigers due to injuries. But he’s still only 22 and # 12 on the Tigers prospect list, according to MLB Pipeline.

Here is the full team of 60 men:


Tim Adleman, Dario Agrazal, Tyler Alexander, Nolan Blackwood, Matthew Boyd, Beau Burrows, Anthony Castro, Shao-Ching Chiang, Jose Cisnero, Alex Faedo, Buck Farmer, Michael Fulmer, Kyle Funkhouser, Bryan Garcia, Rony Garcia, Zack Godley, Joe Jimenez, Matt Manning, David McKay, Casey Mize, Daniel Norris, Ivan Nova, Franklin Perez, Nick Ramirez, Hector Santiago, John Schreiber, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Spencer Turnbull, Jordan Zimmermann.

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Dillon Dingler, Grayson Greiner, Eric Haase, Brady Policelli, Jake Rogers, Austin Romine.


Sergio Alcantara, Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Willi Castro, C.J.Cron, Brandon Dixon, Niko Goodrum, Dawel Lugo, Jordy Mercer, Isaac Paredes, Jonathan Schoop, Frank Schwindel.


Jorge Bonifacio, Daz Cameron, Travis Demeritte, Riley Greene, Derek Hill, JaCoby Jones, Cameron Maybin, Victor Reyes, Christin Stewart.


Harold Castro.

Free Press sports editors Evan Petzold and Ryan Ford contributed to this report.

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