This, of course, means that Turner has to slip by every other team’s radar and pass through waivers for the Marlins to retain him in their organization.
The Turner saga has not been a good one. He is currently 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA and was roughed up in his last start, taking the place of online casino blackjack
Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) in the rotation. The ceiling has always been high for Turner, who comes across as a thinker and not an athlete (that is putting it politely). He always had solid stuff but his inability to consistently locate his pitches got him into trouble.
In all honesty, Turner has been rushed along – from his time with the Tigers to his stint with the Marlins. If he could go back and just retool and get more experience at the AAA level, and reclaim his confidence a bit, he may pan out as a serviceable prospect. At this point, he is not quite a starter and not really a strong option in the bullpen either.
In the meantime, the Marlins recalled Brian Flynn from the Zephyrs – which you could give a nod back to the Marlins column in that most recent trade with the Tigers. Right now, the Tigers have been able to claim Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante, and Miggy Cabrera as assets from the Marlins. The Fish have very little to show for in their trades at this point.
So, is Turner a bust? Or is it too early to tell? The potential is still there – remember, he is only 23 years old. He may never be a #1 starter in a rotation, but he does have good stuff when he is on his game. If the Marlins can send him along to AAA for more seasoning, he will still have value in the organization. It is a bit of a surprise at this point that the Fish would expose him, considering the high assessment they have always had of him. Then again, he is starting to look a lot like Andrew Miller. Or maybe even Cameron Maybin – as a pitcher.