bujfan2030 wrote:Anybody ready to give up on him already. Is his prospect ranking still justified?
Say whaaaat? Who is doubting Turner? The only question in my mind is if he becomes a legit ace or more of a "solid #2." The Tigers rush their prospects; in most orgs he would still be in AA or something. He's, what, 20 years old? Who in their right mind would give up on him, and based on what? A handful of innings at the end of the year? A handful of ST innings?
Sickles on Turner:
Grade A-: I think he could use some additional Triple-A exposure, but the Tigers may have different ideas. I don't see him as a number one Verlander-like ace, but more like a durable workhorse number two.
While he doesn't have the pure stuff of a true ace pitcher, he has the repertoire and command to be a No. 2 or 3 starter in the big leagues.
Turner is one of the best pitching prospects in all of the minors and seems destined to hold down a spot at the front of a major league rotation. My only concern here is that the Tigers will continue to push him too aggressively and in doing so will prevent him from maximizing his potential.
Turner has three average-to-plus pitches that all play up due to highly advanced command and control. He throws several variations of an 89-95 mph fastball that he adds and subtracts from while adding cut or sink. His power curveball is an easy plus offering that he uses to get outs while ahead in the count, and his changeup is advanced for his age...[fantasy impact] is good across the board but short of elite.
...hard to find too many pitching prospects better than Jacob Turner. He’s not on the top tier with Moore & Teheran, but he falls just behind that select group. Turner commands a fastball with heavy sink and two above-average off-speed pitches; it’s easy to draw a parallel between him and Rick Porcello and conclude that he will turn into a similar pitcher, but there is more upside with Turner – currently, at least, since the case can be made that Detroit’s aggression with Porcello stunted his growth...Jacob Turner is a great pitching prospect and a pretty safe bet to be a front of the rotation starter.
With 2 plus pitches and a changeup that should be good enough to keep major league hitters guessing we’re looking at a skill set of a #2 starter...Turner needs time to develop his secondaries to match his plus plus FB. He has a workhorse frame and could be an upper level #2 starter in DET in due time.