Tuesday, July 19, 2011

If Jacob Turner is called up by the Tigers, it would likely be for just a spot start

The idea the Tigers would call up prized prospect Jacob Turner from Double-A Erie to start Wednesday has some merit. He probably has as good a chance to win one game as any of their other minor league starters. But he can't possibly be considered their long-term solution in the rotation for the remainder of the season.
This is why:
- He already thrown 105 innings and is just 20 years old.
- The kid is loaded with long-term potential, but he has won just three games this year and his ERA is relatively high (3.49).
- His stats have been getting progressively worse. In July, he is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA.
Turner might get a start or two while the Tigers work on a deal to get another starting pitcher. It also speaks to their lack of starting pitching depth in the minor leagues he is their most viable option at this point.



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