On Sunday, Detroit Tigers‘ future Hall of Fame slugger Miguel Cabrera joined an elite group when he hit his 500th career home run.
Not surprisingly, Miggy’s 500th career home run flew over the right-field fence, a place that he has attacked in batting practice for so long.
The Tigers’ top two prospects are Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene, who are both currently playing for the Toledo Mud Hens.
Torkelson and Greene recently shared a couple of stories with Chris McCosky of the Detroit Free Press about watching Cabrera take batting practice and how they both took away the same thing.
From Detroit Free Press:
“He had a plan, he knew what he was doing,” said Riley Greene, the Tigers’ 2019 first-round pick. “He hit every ball the other way on a line probably, 100-plus exit velo. He knows what he’s doing. And he has a plan whenever he’s in the cage.”
“I have a good story about his cage routine,” Torkelson said. “I wasn’t there. It was a couple of years ago, apparently. And I don’t know who it was in the cage with them. But he was hitting ground balls, you know, to the right side and line drives to the right side. And they asked Miggy, ‘ Hey, why are you hitting everything like on the ground or line drive to the right side?’ And he said, ‘Because I want to be a good hitter’ and he kind of laughed. I’m like, yeah, you know, he’s a pretty damn good hitter. So I’m gonna start hitting balls to the right side in batting practice.”
You have got to love that both Torkelson and Greene are willing to learn from one of the greatest hitters of all time.