Around the end of May a young pitcher that missed the Miami Marlins starting rotation out of spring training was called up to begin his season. Jacob Turner was getting another chance to prove what he somewhat proved during his starts last season; that he was a capable Major League Baseball pitcher. I actually wrote an article about it when it was happening and gave my thoughts on the decision.
At the time the Marlins were not good. That surely doesn’t shock anyone reading this. The Marlins have had baseball’s worst record most of the season. Things have turned around of late however and constant through that slow turn has been the great outings of Turner. He struggled in the minor leagues at the start of the season but as I mentioned in my previous article on the subject, that happens sometimes when a guy feels he deserves to be at the big level and is not.
Turner obviously felt like he was worthy of the major league level and he was clearly right. He has no made six starts in all and has gone seven innings in four of them. His record is only 1 – 0 but the lack of wins is hardly his fault with a miniscule ERA of 1.85. Actually if you want to give him credit or blame for his record you must look not at the win column but at the loss column. That little zero means that he has kept the Marlins in every game he pitched.
There can be no mistaking this. Turner belongs at the major league level. Whether it would have been good for him to be in Miami at the start of the season or if he became more polished during his minor league starts in 2013 is hard to say. The fact that he is one of the National League’s best pitchers right now is not.