2012 was an absolute disaster for the Miami Marlins, however with nearly all of the big faces leaving town it’s time for young guns like Jacob Turner to make their mark. If any team can rebound from an abysmal 69-93 campaign it’s the Marlins as they seem to replenish and re-tool when you least expect it.
With Josh Johnson now out of the picture the Marlins will be relying on youth this year and Turner is the epitome of that as he is just 21-years-old and has just 13 starts to his name. At such a young age Turner has garnered praise from every MLB team and was dealt by the Detroit Tigers to Miami last July for Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez and a 2013 compensation draft pick.
Obviously the Marlins have high hopes for Turner as they gave up quite a bit to bring in a guy who has a career ERA of 5.19.
Despite his four loses with the Marlins Turner actually looked rather impressive finishing with a 3.38 ERA and 29 strikeouts in just seven starts with Miami. The lanky right-hander was incredible in his last start in 2012 season as he went 7.2 innings versus the New York Mets and allowed a measly one earned run on just three hits. He really came on for the team in the latter part of last season and hopefully that success transfers over into 2013.
Turner is the future in south-beach and given their past success with young pitchers like Josh Beckett, A.J Burnett and Dontrelle Willis the Marlins may have something to cheer about for years–or at least until Turner outgrows his rookie contract and heads elsewhere.