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7; two overall No. 1 picks, Casey Mize and Spencer Torkelson met in the batting practice at Comerica Park on Tuesday

Detroit Free Press

Third baseman Spencer Torkelson is the new No. 1 in the Detroit Tigers’ organization.

The best selection of the MLB draft in 2020 is ranked as the seventh best prospect in baseball. Behind him is right-hander Casey Mize – the first draft from 2018 – in eighth overall.

The Tigers have five opportunities on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list and the best farm system in the league with Torkelson, Mize, right-hander Matt Manning (No. 26), nomad Riley Greene (No. 33) and left-hander Tarik Skubal (No. 51).

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While the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres lead with six top-100 prospects each, Detroit has the most vantage points with 380. That’s 41 more points than the Padres in second place, followed by the Seattle Mariners (329), Chicago White Sox (317), Atlanta Braves (285), Tampa Bay Rays (257), Marlins (250), Los Angeles Dodgers (228), Kansas City Royals (227) and Baltimore Orioles (215).

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Prospect points are awarded where players from each team are ranked on the list. For example, Torkelson gets 93 points at No. 7, while Skubal earns the Tigers 49 points at No. 51.

These are the top 10 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.

  1. Wander Franco (SS), Tampa Bay Rays
  2. Gavin Lux (SS / 2B), Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Luis Robert (OF), Chicago White Sox
  4. Adley Rutschman (C), Baltimore Orioles
  5. MacKenzie Gore (LHP), San Diego Padres
  6. Jo Adell (OF), Los Angeles Angels
  7. Spencer Torkelson (3B / 1B), Detroit Tigers
  8. Casey Mize (RHP), Detroit Tigers
  9. Nate Pearson (RHP), Toronto Blue Jays
  10. Royce Lewis (SS), Minnesota Twins

On a 20-to-80 scouting scale (50 represents the MLB average), Torkelson is one of three prospects with the highest power level given (65), while Mize checks in with a 70-ranked splitter and 60-ranked control. Mansing’s basket ball is ranked a total of 60.

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Here are more of Detroit’s five prospects on the list.

3B / 1B Spencer Torkelson

Age: 20th

acquired: 2020 MLB proposal, No. 1 overall.

Highest level: Arizona State (three years).

2019 Statistics (in Arizona State): 57 G, .351 mean, 23 HR, 66 RBI, .446 OBP, .707 SLG, 41 BB, 45 SO for Sun Devils.

Estimated time of arrival: 2,022th

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RHP Casey Mize

Age: 23rd

acquired: 2018 MLB proposal, No. 1 overall.

Highest level: Double-A Erie.

2019 statistics: 8-3, 2.55 ERA, 0.942 WHIP, 106 SO, 23 BB, 109⅓ rounds, 21 starts for High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.

Estimated time of arrival: 2020

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RHP Matt Manning

Age: 22nd

acquired: 2016 draft MLB, No. 9 overall.

Highest level: Double-A Erie.

2019 statistics: 11-5, 2.56 ERA, 0.980 WHIP, 184 SO, 38 BB, 133⅔ rounds, 24 starts for Double-A Erie.

Estimated time of arrival: 2020

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BY Riley Greene

Age: 19

acquired: 2019 MLB draft, No. 5 overall.

Highest level: Single-A West Michigan.

2019 statistics: 57 G, .271 mean, 3 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBIs, .348 OBP, .403 SLG, 22 BB, 63 SO for Single-A (SS) Norwich and Single-A West Michigan.

Estimated time of arrival: 2022

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LHP Tarik Skubal

Age: 23rd

acquired: 2018 MLB proposal, no. 225 in total (9th round).

Highest level: Double-A Erie.

2019 statistics: 6-8, 2.42 ERA, 1,011 WHIP, 179 SO, 37 BB, 122⅔ rounds, 24 starts for High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.

Estimated time of arrival: 2,021th

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Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.