|Detroit Tigers, in 2012|
|Miami Marlins – No. 33|
Born: May 21, 1991|
St. Charles, Missouri
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 30, 2011 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Career statistics |
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.27|
High school career
During his career playing for Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, Turner compiled a record of 20–4 as well as two saves and 187 strikeouts. Turner, who hit 91 MPH his freshman year in high school, hit 98 MPH his senior year. He worked with former major league pitcher Todd Worrell, and also received coaching from former major league catcher Mike Matheny throughout his time at Westminster. Before the 2009 MLB Draft, Turner had committed to playing baseball at the University of North Carolina under head coach Mike Fox.
Turner was drafted ninth overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Turner signed a major league contract with the Tigers for a guaranteed $5.5M, with the potential to reach $7M. Turner is represented by sports agent Scott Boras. He was placed on the Detroit Tigers 40-man roster in November 2009.
Turner began the 2011 season at the Tiger's Double-A affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves. He was named the No. 1 Tigers prospect by Baseball America, who also stated he had the best curveball and changeup in the system. Overall, Turner was listed as the 21st best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, and the 15th best by MLB.com On July 30, 2011, Turner was recalled to replace Charlie Furbush, who was traded to the Seattle Mariners. He was sent down to the minor leagues after his debut, but was brought back up to the major league club when the major league rosters expanded to 40 players on Sept. 1.
On July 23, 2012, Turner, Rob Brantly, and Brian Flynn, were traded from Detroit to the Miami Marlins for Aníbal Sánchez and Omar Infante. During the rest of the 2012 season, Turner compiled a 1–4 record with a 3.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in seven starts (42.2 innings).
Turner posted a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts for the 2013 Marlins, but only went 3–8 as his team finished dead last in runs scored that season.
Turner throws four main pitches: a four-seam fastball (90–93 mph), a sinking two-seam fastball (89–93), a curveball (78–80) and a slider (84-86). He also throws a rare changeup (85–87), which is used almost exclusively against left-handed hitters. He often relies on the curveball with two strikes in the count.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)