Arizona State baseball had plenty of talent in the 2020 MLB Draft, including first-overall pick Spencer Torkelson. That five-player group finally got to make their MiLB debuts on Tuesday.
Trevor Hauver (Tampa Tarpons, New York Yankees Low-A Affiliate)
Hauver had the best night of his former teammates. In his debut, Hauver blasted a pair of home runs and had three hits against the Dunedin Blue Jays.
He finished 3-for-4 and walked twice. Hauver batted third in the lineup and played second base, as he was always a more natural middle infielder.
Spencer Torkelson (West Michigan Whitecaps, Detroit Tigers High-A Affiliate)
There were no Tork bombs on Tuesday. Truthfully, it was a tough night for Torkelson. He went 0-for-3 and struck out three times versus the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Torkelson did walk, though.
If it makes anyone feel better, former Oregon State star and 2019 top pick Adley Rutschman went 0-for-5 and also struck out three times on MiLB opening day. Torkelson played third base and batted in the two-hole.
Gage Workman (Lakeland Flying Tigers, Detroit Tigers Low-A Affiliate)
Workman started at shortstop and batted third for the Flying Tigers on Tuesday. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly.
Alika Williams (Charleston RiverDogs, Tampa Bay Rays Low-A Affiliate)
Williams was the lone Sun Devil baseball alumni to start at the same position he did in Tempe. The shortstop led off for Charleston against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a 6-3 win. Williams had one hit in four at-bats, but he scored a run after his double in the third inning.
R.J. Dabovich (Eugene Emeralds, San Francisco Giants High-A Affiliate)
Dabovich threw the ninth inning for the Emeralds to close out a 9-5 victory over the Spokane Indians. He did surrender a two-out solo home run, but also picked up two strikeouts in his debut.
Side note: 2019 Sun Devil draftees Hunter Bishop and Carter Aldrete also played for the Emeralds on Tuesday. Bishop, who started in center field and hit third, went 1-for-4 and was hit by a pitch. Aldrete batted in the ninth-hole as the designated hitter. He went 1-for-5.