Hey! Tired of this Michigan coaching search nonsense and looking to waste some time? Why not spend a few minutes reading about Tigers pitching prospects written by a random fan with no training in scouting or prospect evaluation! Hooray!
A reminder that I cobbled together a lame letter/number system as a method of ranking each prospect, with the letter indicating what the player's ultimate ceiling is, and the number indicating the odds of him reaching his potential, with 1 being very likely, and 5 being not so much.
- MVP and Cy Young candidates. Aces, and guys who are All-Stars every year.
- Above-average players, #2 Starters, and Closers.
- Average regulars, #3-4 starters, setup men. Might back into the AS game.
- 5th starters/swingmen, specialists, extra outfielders, backup catchers, and utility men.
- Quad-A players, pinch-hitters, emergency starters.
Top 20 Pitchers
1 - Jacob Turner
- RHP - High-A - 6'5, 210 (19) - A/2
– By any objective measure, Turner’s first season of professional baseball was a rousing success. He spent the first half of the year in low-A West Michigan, where he posted a solid 3.29 FIP before being promoted to high-A Lakeland. Despite being the youngest pitcher in the Florida State League, Turner shook off a rough start (13 ER in his first 12 IP) to finish with a dominant 10-game stretch, going 4-1, 1.28 with 32 H, 10 BB, and 41 K in 49.1 IP. He has a plus fastball that currently sits at 92-93 with solid movement, and touches 95. It has hit 98 in the past, and most project him to sit at 94-95 in another year or two. Turner’s curveball already flashes as a plus pitch, and has the potential to be a plus-plus offering in time. He can throw it in the zone as a knee-buckler, or start it in the zone and bury it in the dirt to get swings and misses. Turner’s changeup is a third solid pitch, with the potential to be a plus offering in time. His control is more advanced than Porcello’s was at a similar stage of development, and he projects to have at least average major league command. With added strength and further refinement of his secondary pitches, Turner should be a legitimate #1 starter, with a floor no lower than a #3. He may return to Lakeland to begin the year, but he’ll definitely reach Erie at some point during the season, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him take the mound in Detroit in a late-summer doubleheader.