Jacob Turner / photo: THE BLADE/LISA BERNHEIM

S2S Tabs Tigers Turner 6th Best Prospect

Over at FanSided Networks MiLB site SeedlingsToStars.com, Nathaniel Stoltz has been working on a 2012 Top 100 prospect list. Earlier today, Stoltz named Tigers prospect Jacob Turner the 6th best prospect in baseball.

Stoltz had this to say about Turner’s future…

Turner should be a big, durable front-of-the-rotation presence, and he has three pitches with plus potential. He doesn’t turn 21 until May, and he should be a major league fixture right around his birthday. It looks highly likely that he’ll be able to maintain a very low walk rate and solid groundball/homer rates in the majors, especially as he matures. If he tightens up his pitches and sequencing, he should get enough whiffs to be an ace, and barring a tremendous setback, his worst-case scenario is probably something like Luke Hochevar with better command.

Pretty encouraging words from Stoltz, I’ll admit that I threw up in my mouth a bit when he threw out the Hochevar floor projection though. The wheels will really have to fall off the wagon for Turner to become as big of a disappointment as Hochevar has been. Although I wasn’t a fan of the comparison, Stoltz brought up a very valid point, anything is possible though in the world of prospects. Turner could be an Ace. Turner also could be a guy like Hochevar with a ton of hype and a career 5.29 ERA.

Last week we announced Turner as the Tigers top prospect. Naturally any trade conversation begins and ends with his name. Obviously it takes value to get value in return. You’ve heard Turner’s name brought up a lot lately in trade rumors. Recently we’ve heard his name in rumors for Cubs pitcher Matt Garza and Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens. Tigers fans remain divided on wether or not dealing Turner is the right move. Hell, even I change my mind a couple times a day!

So I ask you the reader…

Should the Tigers trade Jacob Turner?

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  • MCBjohnverburg

    I’m going to throw out a comp that some might wonder about, but I cant help it. I think of a young Jon Garland when I see Turner pitch

    • MCBjohnverburg

      I say a young Jon Garland, because Garland’s fastball was more in the 93 range back then, instead of the 90mph it’s at now. Same kind of build and repertoire though to me.

      • sportz


        I disagree..the Garland comp would be Rick Porcello, same velocity, same sinker dependent pitch mix, same lack of a secondary pitch…similar K/rate.

        The comp for Turner would be Yovani Gallardo, same velocity, pitch mix, pitch shape.

        • MCBjohnverburg

          @sportz In 17 starts at AA at the age of 20 this past season, Turner had a K rate of 7.1/9, Gallardo at that same age in AA had a K rate of 9.9/9. Turner has the same pitch mix of both guys with probably a slightly better fastball than Garland at the same age, and is in the middle of their k rates. They all have fastball, curve, change repertoires. Garland was actually pitching in AAA at the age of 20 and had a K rate of 5.5/9, but I think we can give him a little leeway because of the advanced level.

          I guess I opened the can of worms by saying he reminded me of Garland (I was speaking more of physicality and delivery), but I don’t believe Turner is as good a prospect as Gallardo was at the same age, but not too far off.

          We shall see. Either way, I am in favor of trading him if we get a very good rotation piece that helps us win in the playoffs.

        • MCBjohnverburg

          @sportz I should say, that I do agree the comp with Porcello works for me. Turner is probably more Gallardo than Garland, but people forget what an exceptional prospect Garland was because he has been a middle of rotation guy at best over his career.

        • JAYRC_MCB

          @MCBjohnverburg I can see the Porcello comp. Turner will obviously strike more batters out though.
          I still wish they’d just overpay Oswalt for a season and hang onto the prospects though.

    • sportz


      I think you may be cionfused.. the Garland comp would be Rick Porcello.

      Garland was a one pitch vekocity deprived sinkerbaler.

      Turner’s comp would be Yovani Gallardo..same pitch mix, pitch shape and velocity.