Post-hype sleepers always excite fantasy baseball owners, and the emergence of Jacob Turner two years after his debut should make him a hot commodity off the waiver wires.
Turner spun his third straight quality start for the Miami Marlins Tuesday night, allowing three earned runs on just five hits in seven innings. He induced 11 ground balls, struck out six and now has a 1.80 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in three starts.
His starts have come against three offenses in the bottom half of the league in runs scored, but he did well against a red-hot Philadelphia Phillies offense his last time out succeeded against a solid Milwaukee Brewers lineup (albeit without Ryan Braun) Tuesday.
The 22-year-old was the ninth overall pick for the Detroit Tigers in 2009 was was their top-rated prospect heading into the 2010 season. After pitching well in the minors, Turner got a look for the Tigers in 2011 but had an 8.53 ERA in three starts before getting sent down. He pitched well again in the minors the next year and was then acquired by the Marlins in the Anibal Sanchez trade. Turner had actually struggled in Triple-A this season but has responded well since getting the call.
He isn’t much of a strikeout pitcher but is good for around five to six per game while inducing a ton of ground balls with an impressive curveball and changeup. He looks to be a two-start pitcher next week with two away starts at the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants, and those matchups will be a tougher test for the young pitcher. He isn’t going to rack up a ton of wins on the Marlins, but the ground ball pitcher has shown he can give fantasy owners length and quality starts when the matchup is right.