Out minor league options, out of the starting rotation and potentially the next to go is right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner. The Miami Marlins acquired Turner from the Detroit Tigers along with Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn in a trade that sent Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers in June 2012. A highly-touted pitching prospect in the Tigers’ organization has completely fizzled out with the Marlins.
In the Tigers’ minor league system, Turner was doing very well. Turner’s second full minor league year at 20 years old saw him post 110 strikeouts with a 3.44 ERA in 131 innings pitched. Turner was even ranked in the Top 20s of best baseball prospects throughout baseball. However, the trade to Miami seemed to unnerve him.
It almost feels like Turner was rushed to the majors because of how well he was pitching at Double-A and Class A ball. In 2012, his last real minor league stint, Turner posted a 2.58 ERA in 19 starts between three levels of the Marlins’ minor league system. However, he could never translate it into solid performances at the major league level.
Turner has not recorded more than five wins in a single year for Miami since making his debut for the team in 2012. Through 43 career appearances, Turner has a 4.35 ERA with 146 strikeouts and a 4.19 FIP. Because of it, Turner has found himself out of minor league options and regulated to mop up work, only appearing in two games in July.
Trading Turner may not yield a heck of a lot, but teams should see Turner as a valuable asset given he’s only 23 years old. Teams hurting for a pitcher like the New York Yankees might take a chance on him, but only if the Marlins do not want a lot in return. The Marlins could use another steady bullpen arm to take some of the pressure off A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn.