Jacob Turner

Jacob Turner

Turner with the Chicago Cubs
Free agent
Born: (1991-05-21) May 21, 1991
St. Charles, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 30, 2011, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 12–27
Earned run average 5.09
Strikeouts 210
WHIP 1.51

Jacob Edward Turner (born May 21, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has previously played for the Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.

High school career

During his career playing for Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, Turner compiled a winloss record of 20–4 as well as two saves and 187 strikeouts.[1] Turner, who could throw 91 miles per hour (146 km/h) during his freshman year in high school, reached 98 miles per hour (158 km/h) in his senior year. He worked with former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Todd Worrell, and also received coaching from former MLB catcher Mike Matheny throughout his time at Westminster.[2][3]

Before the 2009 MLB Draft, Turner had committed to attend University of North Carolina to play college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team under head coach Mike Fox.[4]

Professional career

Detroit Tigers

Turner pitching for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, advanced-A affiliates of the Detroit Tigers, in 2012

Turner was drafted ninth overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers.[5] Turner signed a major league contract with the Tigers for a guaranteed $5.5 million, with the potential to reach $7 million.[6] Turner is represented by sports agent Scott Boras. He was placed on the Detroit Tigers 40-man roster in November 2009.

Prior to the 2010 season, Turner was named the 26th best prospect in baseball according to Baseball America The same publication lists Turner as the No. 1 prospect in the Tigers system.[7]

Turner began his career with the Tigers minor league A level affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps. On June 23, 2010 Turner was promoted to the Tiger's high A affiliate, the Lakeland Flying Tigers.[8]

Turner began the 2011 season at the Tiger's Double-A affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves.[9] He was named the No. 1 Tigers prospect by Baseball America, who also stated he had the best curveball and changeup in the system.[10] Overall, Turner was listed as the 21st best prospect in baseball by Baseball America,[11] and the 15th best by MLB.com[12] On July 30, 2011, Turner was recalled to replace Charlie Furbush, who was traded to the Seattle Mariners.[13] He was sent down to the minor leagues after his debut, but was brought back up to the major league club when the major league rosters expanded to 40 players on September 1.[14]

Miami Marlins

On July 23, 2012, Turner, Rob Brantly, and Brian Flynn, were traded from Detroit to the Miami Marlins for Aníbal Sánchez and Omar Infante.[15] During the rest of the 2012 season, Turner compiled a 1–4 record with a 3.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in seven starts (42.2 innings).[16]

Turner posted a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts for the 2013 Marlins, but only went 3–8 as his team finished dead last in runs scored that season.[17] After pitching to a 4–7 record and a 5.97 ERA in 20 games in 2014, he was designated for assignment on August 5, 2014.[18]

Chicago Cubs

On August 8, 2014 the Chicago Cubs acquired Turner from the Marlins for two minor league relief pitchers.[19] He pitched in eight games with the Cubs, with a 2–4 record and 6.49 ERA.[16]

He was diagnosed with a flexor strain and bone bruise on March 10, 2015,[20] and placed on the disabled list six days later.[21] He was moved to the 60-days disabled list on April 19.[22]

Chicago White Sox

Turner was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox on October 27, 2015. On December 2, They did not tender him a contract for the 2016 season, making him a free agent. Two days later, he re-signed with the White Sox on a one-year contract for $1.5 million.[23] After left handed starter Carlos Rodon landed on the disabled list, the White Sox called up Turner to take his spot in the rotation. After allowing 12 runs in 2 starts for Chicago, Turner was sent to the bullpen.

Pitching style

Turner throws four main pitches: a four-seam fastball (90–93 mph), a sinking two-seam fastball (89–93), a curveball (78–80) and a slider (84-86). He also throws a rare changeup (85–87), which is used almost exclusively against left-handed hitters. He often relies on the curveball with two strikes in the count.[24]


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  2. Goold, Derrick (June 9, 2009). "Detroit takes Westminster Christian ace Jacob Turner". Stltoday.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  3. "Westminster's Turner brings out the scouts Pitcher has signed with UNC but is projected as first-round pick. HIGH SCHOOLS. | Goliath Business News". Goliath.ecnext.com. April 19, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  4. STU DURANDO • sdurando@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8232 (May 19, 2009). "'Complete chemistry' Westminster Christian's Jacob Turner can throw a baseball 98 mph; soon he'll have to decide if he wants to pitch in college or turn pro". Stltoday.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  5. Beck, Jason (April 15, 2009). "Tigers nab prep workhorse Turner | tigers.com: News". MLB.com. Detroit.tigers.mlb.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  6. "Blog | Baseball America Draft Blog | Tigers Sign Turner". Baseball America. August 17, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  7. Baseball America staff (March 3, 2010). "Jason Heyward, Stephen Strasburg are game's top prospects - MLB - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  8. Holzwarth, Dean (June 23, 2010). "Whitecaps' Jacob Turner promoted to Lakeland". MLive.com. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  9. Ian Casselberry. "Jacob Turner's assignment to Double-A Erie shows Tigers have made progress". MLive.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  10. Glassey, Conor (November 18, 2010). "Prospects: Rankings: Organization Top 10 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  11. "Prospects: Rankings: Top 100 Prospects: 2011 Top 100 Prospects: 21-40". BaseballAmerica.com. February 23, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  12. "Breaking down MLB.com's 2011 Top 50 Prospects list | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  13. Lowe, John (July 30, 2011). "Tigers call up Jacob Turner to start today against Angels". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  14. "Tigers activate Carlos Guillen". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 1, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  15. Rosecrans, C. Trent. "Tigers land Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante from Marlins." Article at cbssports.com on July 23, 2012.
  16. 1 2 "Jacob Turner Statistics and History". Baseball–Reference.com. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  17. Team stats - NL at cbssports.com, retrieved November 26, 2013.
  18. "Turner designated for assignment by Marlins". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  19. "Cubs acquire Marlins' Jacob Turner". ESPN.com. August 8, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  20. Muskat, Carrie (March 10, 2015). "Turner likely to begin '15 on DL with elbow strain, bruise". MLB.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  21. Muskat, Carrie (March 16, 2015). "Turner will rest right elbow, start season on DL". MLB.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  22. "Cubs promote reliever Gonzalez Germen". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  23. http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/26427/white-sox-make-jacob-turner-dioner-navarro-deals-official
  24. "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Jacob Turner". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
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