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The Golden Sombrero’s Top 50 Prospects: #19 – Jacob Turner (Video)

#19 Jacob Turner – Detroit Tigers

RHP

DOB: 5-21-91

ETA: 2013

At 6-foot-5 and 210-pounds, and all of 19-years-old, Turner is far and away the best prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ organization.  He boasts a fastball that can reach the high-90’s and sits in the mid-90’s.  It at least grades as plus right now, although it has the potential to improve as Turner’s mechanics develop, especially because he does not pitch downhill enough yet to fully take advantage of his awesome size.

His curveball and change are the best in the Tigers’ system and have a chance to both be at least 60’s in the Bigs.  While his mechanics are a bit raw, they improved during his first season of professional ball in 2010.  As the 9th overall selection in the 2009 Amateur Draft, the ceiling is absolutely sky-high for Turner, and his numbers suggest that he may arrive pretty quickly.  At two stops in the low Minors last season, Turner threw up a 3.28 ERA with 102 K’s and just 23 BB’s in 115.1 innings.

As a 19-year-old, the guy averaged just one walk per start.  That number is staggeringly good, and Turner has already demonstrated the ability to keep the ball in the yard — a skill that will only be accentuated at Comerica.  Turner is at least a Big League #2 in terms of projection, and the Tigers look to have a quadruplet of stud right-handers in Justin Verlander, Turner, Max Scherzer, and Rick Porcello by 2013 or ’14.

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