Jacob Turner Dominates In AA Debut
By Matt Snyder
It was opening day across the minor leagues today, and that meant the first start of the season for top Tiger prospect Jacob Turner. He’s still only 19 years old (until May 21), but that didn’t stop the organization from plugging him in at the AA level.
Turner was tabbed as the opening day starter for the Erie SeaWolves, and he responded by turning in a gem of a performance tonight against the Altoona Curve. He went six scoreless innings, only gave up two hits and a walk, and struck out nine batters.
Here’s a link to the box score.
Turner exited the game after facing 22 batters with his team leading 2-0. Unfortunately he won’t be able to qualify for the win as the bullpen has allowed the Curve to tie up the game. Win or no win it was still an outstanding performance. I’m excited about what this kid will eventually do in the big leagues.
Perhaps we won’t have to wait too long. If Brad Penny keeps turning in sub-standard outings (as he did again tonight) there could be a loud cry for either Turner or Andy Oliver (6 IP, 2 ER, 6 SO for Toledo tonight) to replace him.
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