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Miami Marlins Give Up On Jacob Turner

Miami Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner was designated for assignment on Tuesday, likely signaling the end of his career as a Marlin. With the DFA, the Fish will have 10 days to decide what to do with Turner. If he is claimed on waivers, he could be traded or simply “given” to the team that claims him. If he happens to clear waivers, he could then be traded to any team, released, or sent down to the minors. The team is likely hoping he manages to clear waivers so that they can send him to AAA New Orleans for some work, but that is somewhat unlikely. Still only 23 years old, the former top prospect will likely draw interest from a few teams despite his struggles. Last season, Turner was able to put together a decent year, pitching 118 innings and putting up a 3.74 ERA. His FIP and xFIP pointed toward regression though, at 4.43 and 4.71 respectively. In fact, according to his peripherals, he was actually pitching better this season than he did last season, but the in-game results simply weren’t there. His 2014 year showed a better strikeout rate, walk rate, and groundball rate than his career averages, leading to a better than average xFIP. In fact, he had the third best xFIP in the Marlins starting rotation behind only Henderson Alvarez (3.58) and Nathan Eovaldi (3.95). Behind him were Tom Koehler (4.29) and Brad Hand (4.56). Overall, I am by no means arguing that Turner should have stayed in the rotation. He struggles to get guys out with two outs in an inning and he is absolutely awful at holding runners on. However, he has not been nearly as bad as his “baseball card numbers” show, and therefore I hope he is able to stay in the organization in case he ever figures out his potential. Below is a chart with Turner’s numbers for this year and last year as well as his career averages for ERA, FIP, xFIP, strikeout rate, walk rate, and groundball rate. We’ll know fairly soon what Jacob Turner’s future will be, whether it is a bright one or not remains up to him.


Season ERA FIP xFIP K/9 BB/9 GB%
2013 3.74 4.43 4.71 5.87 4.12 45.7
2014 5.97 4.01 3.93 6.20 2.64 51.3
Career 4.77 4.45 4.40 5.97 3.31 47.1

Author: David Marcillo

David is an English teacher in Los Angeles who spends far too much time reading, thinking, and writing about baseball. He writes about real baseball here at The Runner Sports with a heavy Miami Marlins bias. He also writes about fake baseball and is in charge of the Closer Report over at Fantasy Pros.

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