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St. Louis’ Jacob Turner could reach big leagues in 2011

At this year’s Winter Meetings, the Detroit Tigers struggled to complete a blockbuster trade as they had the previous two seasons.  On a team rich with both young and veteran big-league-ready talent, the first player that every team inquired about was the their prized prospect, Jacob Turner.  In the end, the Tigers were unwilling to hear offers for the 19-year old right-hander, and were forced to pass on several potential trade opportunities.  It seemed that there was nothing offered that could match Turner’s potential impact on both the Tigers’ rotation, as well as the rest of baseball.

After compiling a 20-4 career record and 187 strikeouts for Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, Turner was widely considered to be one of the best right-handed pitchers in the 2009 draft class.  Although he had previously committed to play for North Carolina, the Tigers drafted the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Turner in the first-round with the 9th overall selection.

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