Detroit Tigers: Spencer Turnbull looks like he hasn't missed a beat
Spencer Turnbull is back and better than ever, and that's great news for the Detroit Tigers
Spencer Turnbull was off to a great start for the Detroit Tigers in 2021, posting a 2.88 ERA and a 2.95 FIP in 50 innings pitched before suffering a forearm strain and later having to undergo Tommy John Surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2022 season.
Fast forward to spring training 2023, and Red Bull is back, and he looks he hasn't missed a beat. He pitched 2.1 innings in yesterday's game, and while he got tired toward the end, he was unhittable in the first two innings.
His fastball was hitting 95 mph on the gun consistently. His slider, which he wasn't happy with in his first start of the spring, was filthy this time around. It didn't matter where he located it, Yankees' hitters weren't making contact. It was a pitching masterclass.
It's awfully impressive that his stuff has this much life in just his second appearance off TJS. If they can get him stretched out to around five innings or so with this kind stuff...oh boy. We could be in for a special season from Turnbull, which would be huge for the Detroit Tigers.
They desparately need someone to step and take that ace role, and Turnbull looks like he could be that guy. He's had some of the best stuff in the organization since he was drafted. He's thrown a no-hitter. This could be a breakout season for Spencer Turnbull.
At now 30 years of age, Spencer Turnbull may finally get his chance to prove how good he can be. He's showed flashes before, but injuries or regression have hindered him in the past. This time appears to be different. I think we're going to see the best of Spencer Turnbull in 2023.