Spencer Torkelson selected No. 1 by Tigers

Spencer Torkelson was the first overall pick by the Detroit Tigers in the MLB draft on Wednesday. He was first baseman at Arizona State, but the Tigers announced him as a third baseman.

If he was announced as a first baseman, he would have been the first-ever college first baseman to go first overall.

The right-handed hitter has notable raw power and also hits for average. He profiles as a middle-of-the-order bat in the pro ranks. He also profiles as a first baseman.

Torkelson hit .337 with 54 home runs and 130 RBIs in 129 games at Arizona State over the last three years.

Adrian Gonzalez is the only first baseman to ever hear his name called with the top pick, as the then-Florida Marlins drafted the California prep star in 2000. Gonzalez, Eric Hosmer and Andrew Vaughn are the only first baseman to go in the top-five picks since 2000.

Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski IIIhttp://BaseballProspectJournal.com
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on The3rdManIn.com, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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