Selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers out of Arizona State... signed with the Tigers on June 30, 2020 and received an $8.4 million ($8,416,300, $1,000 above slot value) signing bonus... represents one of two No. 1 overall picks the Tigers had since 2018 (Casey Mize)... undrafted out of high school, Torkelson hit 54 home runs at Arizona State as a first baseman but Detroit indicated he would play third... made his Major League debut with the Tigers on April 8, 2022... was a non-roster invitee to Detroit Spring Training in February 2021... in 19 Major League Spring Training games, the 21-year-old went 1-for-27 with 16 strikeouts, four walks and four runs... was assigned to High-A West Michigan on May 4 to begin the 2021 season and made his professional debut later that afternoon at Fort Wayne, where he walked in four plate appearances... picked up his first professional hit on May 5, 2021 when he went 1-for-4 with a run scores at Fort Wayne... spent the first half of the 2022 season in the Majors with Detroit before returning to Triple-A Toledo on July 17.
At Arizona State, he hit .340 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in 17 games during a college season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020... became the fourth Arizona State baseball player to go No. 1 overall in program history, easily an NCAA-high – two more than any other program; he joined Rick Monday (1965), Floyd Bannister (1976) and Bob Horner (1978) to earn the prestigious designation out of ASU... is the 22nd first-round selection for the Sun Devils in program history... is the first third baseman to get drafted No. 1 overall since Pat Burrell in 1998 and just the fifth third baseman to be selected first overall in MLB Draft history; had he been selected as a first baseman, it would have been the first time in history a right-handed first baseman had gone No. 1 overall in the MLB Draft while also being the first-ever college first baseman to be selected first... Torkelson is the first college position player to be selected No. 1 overall after going undrafted out of high school since Nebraska outfielder Darin Erstad in 1995... was the Pac-12 home run leader for the second season in a row, finishing the season with 23 in 2019... only the third player in Pac-12 history to have back-to-back 20+ home run seasons... joined Brett Wallace as the only other player in Sun Devil history to be a two-time semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award... played for the U.S. Collegiate National Team in 2019 and 2018... Perfect Game's National Freshman of the Year award-winner in 2018... named by _Collegiate Baseball Newspaper _as the National Co-Freshman of the Year and the NCBWA as the National Freshman Hitter of the Year in 2018... was a four-year varsity starter at Casa Grande High School in California where he hit .430 with 136 hits, 11 homers, 99 RBIs and 32 doubles in 110 games... on the mound in high school, he had a 1.24 ERA in 16 career appearances over 22 2/3 innings... was listed as No. 9 third baseman in the country by Perfect Game in high school... from Penaluma, California.