March 24, 2013 in Spring Training
Jacob Turner could not throw strikes and that was ultimately the deciding factor on his immediate future with the Marlins. In a rain-shortened 4-1 loss to the Astros, Turner walked the lead off batter in every inning he pitched and just struggled with his control. Getting more time at AAA New Orleans will allow him to work on his control a bit and focus more on “pounding the strike zone” as Mike Redmond wants to see his starters do.
In the meantime, the rotation has been pretty much decided. Ricky Nolasco will be the Opening Day starter followed by Nathan Eovaldi, Wade LeBlanc, Henderson Alvarez, and Kevin Slowey. John Maine will get a long relief spot, and may get an occasional spot start. This starting group won’t scare opposing teams, but if they can throw strikes and let the defense behind them control everything else, this team will have success.
As for Turner, he needs to put in more work on his repertoire and locating his pitches effectively. Getting back into the minors may seem like a step down, but Turner is only 21 and was rushed along in the Detroit system – something that adversely affected Andrew Miller and something the Marlins hope to avoid.