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Detroit Tigers first/third base prospect Spencer Torkelson (ankle) left his Arizona Fall League game early on Wednesday with an ankle sprain, according to a source. Another source said the team's top prospect is expected to miss a "significant amount of time." The 22-year-old was limping slightly back to the dugout after he rolled his ankle sliding back to third base on a pickoff attempt by the catcher. Torkelson is MLB's No. 4 overall prospect after hitting .267/.383/.552 with 30 home runs and 91 RBI in 121 games in the minors this season. He was hitting a cool .450 early on in the Arizona Fall League. The good news is that Torkelson has plenty of time to heal before next season, but there's a good chance that he'll now be shut down for the rest of the AFL schedule this fall.
Detroit Tigers outfield prospect Riley Greene (head) was removed from the organization's Arizona Fall League roster this past weekend. He suffered a concussion in a game about a week ago while playing for the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. He was supposed to compete in the AFL with the Salt River Rafters, but instead the organization is being cautious with him. The 21-year-old is one of the team's top prospects. Over 124 games split between Double-A and Triple-A this year, he slashed .301/.387/.534 with 24 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 84 RBI and 95 runs. There's a good chance he'll make his highly-anticipated MLB debut with the Tigers next year.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Daz Cameron ended the year with a bang on Sunday. Facing the Chicago White Sox, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run and a stolen base. The 24-year-old has a great profile for fantasy, but he's yet to fully put it together and even earn a full opportunity in the majors. He excelled at Triple-A this year, where he slashed .296/.365/.500 and tallied six home runs and seven stolen bases over just 39 games. In the majors in 2021, he played in 35 games and had a rough slash line (.194/.278/.359), but he did manage to tally six stolen bases and four home runs. He's someone worth keeping an eye on next spring. If he earns a starting role with the team, he could be a great source of stolen bases with some power to boot.
Detroit Tigers infielder Willi Castro helped lead the team to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the team's season finale on Sunday. He went 3-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base and a run scored in the game. The 24-year-old finished the season on a four-game hitting streak, but it was a disappointing season overall for him. He broke out to the tune of a .349/.381/.550 slash line during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. This year, however, he slashed just .220/.273/.351 and spent a stretch of the year at Triple-A. It's unlikely that he'll be a major part of the team's plans for next year.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Michael Fulmer put a cap on the team's season on Sunday. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the team's 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, earning his 14th save of the year. 2021 was a fantastic bounce-back season for Fulmer. He didn't pitch in 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, then struggled to an 8.78 ERA over 10 starts in 2020. This year, over 52 appearances, he tallied 14 saves and nine holds while maintaining a 2.97 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and a 3.7 K/BB rate. It will be interesting to see what the organization plans for the rejuvenated 28-year-old next year.