Jacob Turner to make season debut
The Detroit Tigers will start 21-year-old Jacob Turner tonight vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. The highly coveted prospect will make his season debut and just his fourth in his young career.
Turner made his debut last season vs. the Los Angeles Angels and before it was all said and done he left the Tigers with an 0-1 record in three starts. Turner has been the most talked about Tiger’s prospect since he was drafted as a 19-year-old out of Missouri.
The Tigers decided to bring Turner up to give starter Doug Fister an extra day of rest instead of going with a four-man rotation.
Detroit is finally starting to play better baseball and the Tigers wish nothing more than a solid start out of Turner. A few people may be shocked to see Turner but with rookie Drew Smyly on the disabled list, it may have been the only move.
With a few solid starts, there is a chance Turner could find himself full time Tiger. But there is also a chance the Tigers could be showing off Turner for the July 31st trade deadline.
Turner was once deemed “untouchable” by GM Dave Dombrowkski but that may have changed when Turner struggled in Spring Training and was hit with a ‘Dead Arm Period’.
The Tigers have a few obvious needs to fill if they are going to make a serious run in the playoffs and Turner has the arm to bring them a big name to help.
With the money the Tigers spent this off-season, you better believe they will be buyers around the trade deadline. It is will be interesting to see if Turner is in the Tigers farm system, in the majors or on another team in a month.
Whether Turner is being used as trade bait, or as a full time starter, he possesses one of the most impressive young arms in the game and will be exciting to watch.