Detroit Tigers fans and fantasy baseball owners are wondering when Jacob Turner will get the call. Having just turned 21 on May 21 (He shares a birthday with Matt Wieters and Josh Hamilton!) the hope is that Turner follows the Rick Porcello plan of accelerated advancement.
Jacob Turner was a highly touted 6’5″, 210 lb high school star, whose fastball topped out around 96 his senior year. Based on that, I’m guessing he was popular with the ladies (Editor’s Note: We don’t know what that means.). The Tigers drafted him 9th overall in 2009.
At age 19, pitching in A ball, Turner walked just 14 hitters while striking out 51 batters. Scouts noticed this and it’s rare that a pitcher that young gets such glowing praise for his command. His curveball and change-up, along with his four seam fastball, are all plus pitches. This projects him as a #2 pitcher in the majors, with #1 potential.
Being that he has been rushed through the system his minor league numbers have never been that impressive and his initial major league ones won’t be either. But the Tigers are never shy about letting their young pitchers see a little action (see Porcello, Rick) so it’s almost assured that Turner will see at the very least several spot starts in 2012.
— Michael Pichan (@FantasyNomad) May 31, 2012
What does this mean for fantasy? When he gets the call this season (and he will) Turner isn’t someone to run out and grab unless you are in a dynasty league. But if you do play in a strong dynasty league then he’s already rostered anyway.
Instead, Turner will be a good candidate for a spot start based on matchup. Dixon gives excellent advice on how to select pitchers and he’ll even do the work for you in his weekly picks. Mark him as a player to watch because come 2014 or 2015 he’ll be mentioned in the same sentence as Justin Verlander by Tiger’s fans.