(WXYZ) — The Detroit Tigers have sent first baseman Spencer Torkelson to Triple-A Toledo, the team announced on Sunday morning.
The 2020 first-round pick was in his rookie season with Detroit, but had struggled.
He had a .197 batting average with 52 hits, 5 home runs and 21 RBIs in 83 games this season.
According to MLB.com's Jason Beck, Tigers Manager AJ Hinch said Torkelson took the news like a pro, and it's not clear how long he'll be with the Mud Hens. The move will allow him to clear his head and get regular at-bats in a low-pressure environment, Beck said.
"He's too good a hitter for us to just continue to let him grind at this level and not reach the desired results," Hinch said, according to Beck.