ASU baseball’s Spencer Torkelson schools Bill Walton on the diamond
Pac-12 analyst Bill Walton took his talents to the diamond while he was in town for Thursday’s Arizona State basketball game against No. 20 Colorado.
“Put me in coach! We’re ready to play the day,” Walton said as he walked out on the field with junior first baseman Spencer Torkelson.
Torkelson is the No. 1 college prospect for the 2020 MLB Draft, according to Baseball America. During his two seasons at ASU, Torkelson has crushed 48 home runs in 112 games for the Sun Devils.
Before Walton and Torkelson took the field, the junior helped Walton warm up his arm before they got started.
“Am I throwing two or three hundred miles per hour?” Walton asked.
Torkelson told him it was more like two or three.
Walton then took his skills to the plate for batting practice.
“So we swing this, and it hits the ball, and it goes that way,” Walton said.
Torkelson told him he just wants to swing hard.
“See ball, hit ball,” Torkelson said.
Walton took a turn before Torkelson, who led the Pac-12 in home runs last season, showed Walton how it was done.
Torkelson and Walton even took the competition off the field for a came of ping pong in the Sun Devil locker room.