Just over two years ago, Jacob Turner was the main piece sent by the Tigers to the Marlins for Anibal Sanchez. Today: he’s been designated for assignment, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. I guess that means that Detroit won the trade, eh? Or maybe not. Miami called up Brian Flynn to take his place and he came over in the same trade. Maybe there’s still hope. Or not.
Quite a fall for Turner, who was once one of the better-thought-of pitching prospects around. He was given every opportunity to succeed in the Marlins rotation before being demoted to the bullpen in June, but has complied an 8-19 record with a 4.41 ERA over 47 appearances, 37 of them starting.
Turner is only 23, of course, and could very easily turn it around. Someone will likely take a chance on him. Miami, however, has apparently seen enough.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.