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Top 50 Prospects: #14 – Jacob Turner

#14 Jacob Turner

Detroit Tigers

DOB: 5/21/1991

Previous Rank: 19

ETA: 2012

Spending most of his 2011 season in the Eastern League, Turner became the first prep pitcher from the 2009 draft to debut in the Big Leagues.  He’s 6-foot-5 and 210-pounds and has solid mechanics that produce good downward plane on his pitches.

His fastball reaches the mid-90s, but he pitches a couple ticks below that in the 91-93 mph range typically.  His curveball and changeup have the potential to be 55-60s, but need to come up some in terms of consistency.  In Double-A, Turner posted a 3.48 ERA in 113.2 innings while striking out 90 guys and walking 32.  Turner also had three stellar Triple-A starts and three disastrous Big League starts that he was rushed into.  Nevertheless, Turner should begin the season back in Triple-A with a good chance of a recall after several quality starts in the International League.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G GS IP BB SO
2010 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A 6 5 3.28 24 23 115.1 23 102
2010 19 West Michigan MIDW A 2 3 3.67 11 10 54.0 9 51
2010 19 Lakeland FLOR A+ 4 2 2.93 13 13 61.1 14 51
2011 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA 4 5 3.44 20 20 131.0 35 110
2011 20 Erie EL AA 3 5 3.48 17 17 113.2 32 90
2011 20 Toledo IL AAA 1 0 3.12 3 3 17.1 3 20
2 Seasons 10 10 3.36 44 43 246.1 58 212
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Generated 1/9/2012.
Year Age Tm Lg Lev W L ERA G IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A 6 5 3.28 24 115.1 1.118 8.3 0.5 1.8 8.0 4.43
2010 19 West Michigan MIDW A 2 3 3.67 11 54.0 1.148 8.8 0.7 1.5 8.5 5.67
2010 19 Lakeland FLOR A+ 4 2 2.93 13 61.1 1.092 7.8 0.4 2.1 7.5 3.64
2011 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA 4 5 3.44 20 131.0 1.160 8.0 0.7 2.4 7.6 3.14
2011 20 Erie EL AA 3 5 3.48 17 113.2 1.179 8.1 0.7 2.5 7.1 2.81
2011 20 Toledo IL AAA 1 0 3.12 3 17.1 1.038 7.8 0.5 1.6 10.4 6.67
2 Seasons 10 10 3.36 44 246.1 1.141 8.1 0.6 2.1 7.7 3.66
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Generated 1/9/2012.
Year Age Tm W L ERA GS IP BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 19 DET-min 6 5 3.28 23 115.1 23 102 1.118 8.3 0.5 1.8 8.0 4.43
2011 20 DET-min 4 5 3.44 20 131.0 35 110 1.160 8.0 0.7 2.4 7.6 3.14
2011 20 DET 0 1 8.53 3 12.2 4 8 49 1.658 12.1 2.1 2.8 5.7 2.00
1 Season 0 1 8.53 3 12.2 4 8 49 1.658 12.1 2.1 2.8 5.7 2.00
162 Game Avg. 0 11 8.53 34 144 45 91 49 1.658 12.1 2.1 2.8 5.7 2.00
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Generated 1/9/2012.

The upside with Turner is lower than each of the next guys we will release on this list and is even lower than several of the guys we’ve already ranked, but he’s already debuted, is only 20, and has size and athleticism as well as polish far beyond his years.  He’s about as sure a bet as there is in the game to stick around a rotation for a decade.

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