We begin our San Diego Padres 2020 MLB Draft scouting profiles by looking at the top power hitter in college baseball.
As we and the San Diego Padres get ready for the 2020 MLB Draft we’ll put together numerous scouting profiles on players who the Padres could take with their first two picks.
Someone who is not likely to make it to the Padres at eight in this year’s MLB Draft is Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson. It would take an injury or major regression for him to fall out of the top three picks, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a look at the power slugger.
In 2018 as a freshman with Arizona State he hit .320/.440/.743 with 59 runs scored, 12 doubles, 25 home runs, and 53 RBI in 55 games.
That following summer he played in the Cape Cod League and hit .333/.472/.704 with 18 runs scored, 9 doubles, 7 home runs, and 25 RBI against some of the best collegiate arms in the country.
As a sophomore with Arizona State, he continued to put up big numbers hitting .351/.446/.707 with 69 runs scored, 17 doubles, 23 home runs, and 66 RBI in 57 games.
This past summer he played just 5 games in the Cape Cod League and hit a couple of homers, but he spent most of his time with the USA Collegiate National Team.
He’s racked up all kinds of awards in his first two collegiate seasons being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2018, the National Freshman of the Year by Perfect Game, and he’s been named to numerous All-American teams.
Torkelson is the favorite to win the Golden Spikes award in 2020, which goes to college baseball’s best player.