Why was Jacob Turner released? Let’s look at some reactions.
Juan Rodriguez at the Sun-Sentinel summed it up this way:
Turner showed plenty of flashes, but struggled to string together a run of competitive starts. His biggest issue this season was closing out hitters and innings. Opponents slashed .384/.405/.571 with two outs against him.
Including Sunday’s loss to the Reds, who tagged him for five runs on nine hits over four innings, Turner in 12 starts was 4-5 with a 6.03 ERA. He didn’t do much better out of the bullpen.
In other words, it was his inconsistency, and lack of roster flexibility, that ultimately forced the Marlins to designate Turner for assignment and expose him to the rest of the league.
Dakota Schmidt wrote the following analysis:
Perhaps the main reason behind his continued decline can be pointed to two separate reasons: Lack of consistency and inability to keep the ball in the strike zone. Even though that second issue seemed to be solved during the current season (2.64 BB/9 in 2014 compared to 4.12 in 2013), Turner has failed to eclipse that barrier of being a mediocre to below-average piece on an otherwise solid rotation.
While the diminishing of his walk rate would seem to be looked at as a potential positive for Turner, a handful of other factors would probably point you into a completely different direction. A prime example of that would be how opposing batters continue to tee off on him on a consistent basis. During the 2014 season, Turner allowed the opposing batters to have an awful .323/.376/.488 split line, which showcases the consistency that they had against the right-handed starter.
Mike Redmond addressed Turner’s release. “It just came to a point where he wasn’t getting any better, wasn’t showing any improvement and we felt we couldn’t do anything more to help him. Things like this are always tough, but that’s part of the business.”
That said, Mike Hill is hopeful they can retain Turner and give him further development, something the Fish most likely would have done more of if Turner didn’t arrive to the Marlins with very little roster flexibility left due to the Tigers’ mismanagement of his options and rushing him to the big leagues.