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Report: Tigers calling up top pitching prospect Jacob Turner

Jul 30, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that Turner will make his first major league start today against the Angels, though it’s said to be a “one-shot deal” as the Tigers hope to acquire Doug Fister.

8:40 AM: Here’s an interesting one.

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Tigers are calling up top prospect right-hander Jacob Turner.

The 20-year-old right-hander was originally scheduled to pitch for Double-A Erie today, so it’s possible he could replace left-hander Duane Below in the starting rotation tonight against the Angels. However, as of early this morning, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports the Tigers weren’t answering any questions about his status. It’s worth noting that his name has been mentioned in trade rumors recently, most notably for Rockies’ right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

Selected ninth overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Turner has a 3.38 ERA over his first two professional seasons, averaging 7.5 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9. He has a 3.48 ERA over 17 starts with Double-A Erie this season. Baseball America recently ranked him as the game’s 11th best prospect on their midseason list.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I am in shock. Apologies to Ari.

  2. dracko19 - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    When you’re a team that decides to build your pitching staffs through the draft by overpaying their slot, rather than pay overvalued free agents, you get into these situations where you have to rush a kid’s development. Turner was supposed to have his innings reduced. If he pitches well, that might not happen. This could also be an audition for the Rockies because the tigs really really really want Ubaldo and Turner is their main trade bait

    • hittfamily - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      If the Rockies base a trade of this magnitude on one start, fire every member of their organization.

  3. mmowery2323 - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Here’s a video of Turner talking about his MLB debut for the Tigers — http://bit.ly/pWkKPu

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