They are giving him the keys to the franchise, together with newly signed shortstop Javier Baez.
He is a top-five prospect in baseball, so he certainly has what it takes to succeed and build himself a nice career in Detroit.
On Tuesday, Torkelson got the first hit of his MLB career.
It took him four full games of zeroes to finally break the deadlock.
And, on Wednesday, he hit his first home run.
It will likely be the first of many, with his kind of power.
Here is a clip, so you can see by yourself:
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 13, 2022
It came against Boston Red Sox left-hander Austin Davis, and it was an extremely impressive blast.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the homer wasn’t enough to avoid a loss against the Sox, with the final score being 9-7.
Torkelson Is The Face Of The Future Tigers
The result doesn’t take anything away from Torkelson, though.
The corner infielder hit 25 home runs during the 2021 minor league season: 14 in Double-A and 11 in Triple-A.
He is expected to have perhaps one of the best teachers/mentors he can find for a right-handed hitter like him in Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera will effectively pass the torch to the young “Tork”, as he is called among his teammates.
He is expected to carry the offensive load for a hungry franchise, looking for a World Series title for a few years now.
Most of them are expected to contribute now, as the Tigers challenge the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Guardians, the Minnesota Twins, and the Kansas City Royals for the AL Central division.