Spencer Torkelson was promoted to the Major Leagues for his booming bat, but in his Major League debut, he contributed with his glove to the Detroit Tigers’ 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Torkelson was outstanding at first base, making three outstanding plays. In the first inning, he collected a short-hop throw from third base for an out, and in the second, he grabbed a one-hop ball for another spectacular snare.
He came up with a highlight play in the sixth inning, laying full out to spear a line ball hit to his right.
With his bat, he went a little harder.
In the second inning, batting eighth in the order, he batted for the first time in a Major League game and popped up a 1-1 pitch to the first baseman.
He hit a short fly to right field in the fifth inning and then struck out in his next two at-bats.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Miguel Cabrera, who replaced Torkelson at first base and is now the Tigers’ designated hitter, singled in two runs to tie the game at 3-3.
It didn’t last very long. Torkelson’s friend, University of California product Andrew Vaughn, blasted a home ball in the ninth inning to give the White Sox a 5-4 lead.
How Much Does Spencer Torkelson Make?
Spencer Torkelson makes an annual salary of $700,000.00