Scouting The G-Braves Opponent: Jacob Turner
The No. 1 prospect in the Detroit Tigers system is right-hander Jacob Turner who will be starting against the G-Braves on Monday night amidst a doubleheader. The righty actually was promoted from Single-A to Toledo, completely skipping Double-A. However, his time with the Mud Hens may be limited unless he performs above expectations.
So far this season, the right-hander has been very hit or miss with Class-A Lakeland. He has struck out nearly a batter an inning while walking just seven hitters to the tune of a 1.10 WHIP on the season. Turner seems to be on the fast track to the big leagues with his 6-foot, 5-inch frame.
2012 Stats: 1-2, 1.66 ERA, 4 Games Started, 21.2 Innings Pitched, 7 BB, 17 K’s, 17 Hits, 8 Runs, 4 Earned Runs, 1 HR, 1.10 WHIP
The flamethrower was a dominant high school pitcher and drafted by the Tigers in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft in June. Turner is just 20 years old and has plenty of room to grow into his big frame. He has a smooth delivery and is a prolific strike-thrower according to Baseball America. The right-hander throws from a three-quarter angle and sits between 90-94 mph comfortably. Turner can touch the mid to high 90’s when he needs it as well, reminding the Tigers of a guy they currently own in Justin Verlander. His fastball is good, but his curveball and change-up are hit or miss pitches. His curveball is his best pitch, but scouts believe his change will be his best at the end of the day once it develops.
Turner has a tall, lanky frame and has endured high-inning seasons already in his career. The right-hander has avoided injury for the most part and has no health concerns moving forward in his young career. At the end of the day, Jacob Turner is good enough to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter in the Detroit Tigers rotation, right behind Verlander and Max Scherzer. Some scouts and experts already admit that Turner has better stuff than half of the guys in the current Tigers rotation which is saying a ton. Turner is the real deal and it’s only a matter of time before he’s pitching regularly in Detroit. Tonight is his first step with the Triple-A debut live from Coolray Field.
By: Tony Piraro