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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tigers reportedly bringing top prospect Jacob Turner up to bigs

If it's ever going to, all heck generally breaks loose in the wee hours of the morning.

In this case, it was a report by Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman that the Tigers were going to bring up top prospect Jacob Turner.'s Jason Beck reported shortly thereafter that Turner — who was on pace to start again Saturday, five days after his last outing for Double-A Erie — was not with the Seawolves, and that the Tigers organization was not answering questions about Turner. As of 10 a.m., the Tigers said they had not made any roster moves.

Duane Below was originally scheduled to start Saturday's afternoon game against the Angels, and was still listed as the Tigers' probable pitcher as of 10 a.m., but it makes no sense to bring Turner up, if he's not going to start.

Previously, the Tigers had said they were reluctant to bring up the presumed star-in-waiting, who'd been ranked as high as top 10 among all MLB prospects, saying he wasn't ready.

Manager Jim Leyland had said bringing him up before the rosters expand in September would be a "longshot" a few weeks ago.

His name's been linked to nearly every trade rumor surrounding the Tigers, who were searching for an experienced arm for the back end — or middle — of their rotation. In past years, the organization has been reluctant to include Turner, the ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft, in any potential trades, no matter the haul in return.

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Blogger silverpig said...

Bottom line- if Turner is as good as advertised, he should be starting games for the big club by now. You shouldn't baby your top prospects. I want to see him start today!

July 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM 

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