LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 01: Jacob Turner #50 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 6-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Jacob Turner has been recalled by the Detroit Tigers and will make his season debut for the club this afternoon. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that, in order to make room for Turner on their roster, the Tigers optioned right-hander Luke Putkonen to Triple-A.
Turner, 21, is regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects. Prior to his call up, the right-hander made seven starts for the Tigers Triple-A affiliate. Over his 42 innings pitched, Turner maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.43 and 1.262 with 5.8 SO/9 and 4.1 BB/9.
After the Tigers made him the 9th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, Turner has spent the past three seasons pitching in Detroit’s farm system. Over his 55 appearances spanning 310 innings, he has held an ERA and WHIP of 3.25 and 1.155 with 7.4 SO/9 and 2.4 BB/9.
Turner made his major league debut last season, starting three games for the Tigers. After a respectable debut (2 ER, 5 1/3 IP, 6 SO), he was shelled for 11 runs (10 earned) on 14 hits with only two strikeouts over his next 7 1/3 innings pitched.