Jacob Turner’s Rotation Spot For Miami Marlins In Jeopardy?
There is no doubt that the projected 2013 Miami Marlins rotation is not set in stone. At least not the bottom half of the rotation. The hope that Jacob Turner would bring stability to the table this season was high. Turner came from the Detroit Tigers in a trade that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante north. Turner is a top prospect in the Marlins’ organization and is expected to take a giant leap forward into being possibly a No. 2 starter either this year or next year. So far, it seems that all Turner has done in spring is take a step back as he is on track to lose his rotation spot.
In two games this spring, Turner has pitched 3 1/3 innings and has allowed six runs on six hits and a home run. He has walked four batters and only struck out two. This is totally unexpected for a pitcher with such high potential and who did not pitch so bad during his time up with the organization last season. With Nathan Eovaldi expected to keep his rotation spot, the Marlins are going to look to the players with minor league deals to step up and make a push for the rotation.
John Maine and Kevin Slowey are the two men that could step up to nab a rotation spot since Jose Fernandez, Alex Sanabia and Brad Hand were all optioned to the minors. Slowey is having a decent spring but only has started in one game. His 2.89 ERA may be enough to carry him past Turner. Maine also has a start under his belt in his three games and has pitched well also. Maine has one earned run allowed in three innings pitched.