Former Casa Grande High School (Petaluma) star first baseman Spencer Torkelson was drafted by the Detroit Tigers Wednesday with the first overall pick of the 2020 MLB Draft.
Torkelson is the ninth number one overall pick from California since 2000 and the first since JSerra’s Royce Lewis went first overall in 2017.
Torkelson, who played three seasons at Arizona State, led the nation with 25 home runs during his freshman season. His 53 home runs during his collegiate career left him three shy of the all-time Arizona State school record, before COVID-19 ended his junior season early. Torkelson played first base at Arizona State, but was announced as a third baseman by the Tigers.
Torkelson played baseball, football, and basketball at Casa Grande High School and was ranked as the 208th best baseball prospect in the nation by Perfect Game as a senior.
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What they’re saying: “You’d think Torkelson was a Joe Hill creation given the fear he invokes in opposing pitchers. He walked in 31 of his 82 plate appearances during the abbreviated NCAA season, but he still managed to improve his career homer count to 54 in 498 at-bats.” CBS Sports RJ Anderson said.