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The Tigers send Jacob Turner to Toledo

Mar 26, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

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Jacob Turner, the Tigers top pitching prospect entered spring training with a chance to become the fifth starter.  A bout with shoulder tendinitis derailed that, however.  Over the weekend Jim Leyland said that he still had a “slight chance” to win the fifth starter’s job, but that’s all over now, as the Tigers have optioned Turner to Toledo.

Sad for folks who get super duper excited about young pitching prospects (I’m kinda one, I’ll admit), but this is a good mood. Dude is 20. He looked great in double-A and triple-A last year, posting a 3.44 ERA and a 110/35 K/BB ratio in 131 innings. He was blown up in a late season callup to Detroit, however, and it would probably do him well to kick of the year with success than with a shellacking or two that me might expect as he gets his MLB legs.

  1. firstandonlywarning - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Who has the worst #5 guy in the league?

    I don’t know for sure, but the Tigers are in the running

  2. dracko19 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Smyly for DET has been lights out in Spring T this year. He might surprise. Oliver and Turner are more talented, but Smyly is figuring out how to do more with less. Below is an option as well, but he looks more suited to Long Relief.

  3. cur68 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Kid’s gonna be a Mud Hen, right? I’d love to have that on my CV.

  4. aaronmoreno - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Is it Jake or Jacob? I don’t care if it’s either, but I’d like it to settle on one.

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