Jacob Turner will take the mound as a starter for the first time since joining the Chicago Cubs today against the Cincinnati Reds. As mentioned in an earlier article, Turner has not made an appearance as a starter in nearly a month (back when he was with the Miami Marlins) but he has been impressive out of the bullpen for the Cubs. In two relief appearances, Turner has allowed just one run on three hits over 4.1 innings (2.08 ERA).
The Cubs are hoping that Turner, 23, can regain the form that he had last season in Miami when he posted a 3.74 ERA for a very poor Marlins team. Turner has incredible upside due to his age and his stuff, but has been plagued by inconsistency to this point in his career. But if there is anyone who can get this kid back on the right track, its Cubs’ pitching coach, Chris Bosio.
Jacob Turner is under contract through the end of this year and has a team option for 2015 that the Cubs’ will likely pick up, regardless of his performance in these last few weeks of the season. In a perfect world, Turner gets back on track and is able to become a solid contributor out of the back end of the Cubs’ rotation. At the very least, Turner is another veteran arm at the Cubs’ disposal that they can choose to use or possibly flip in a trade next summer.
Today’s showcase of Jacob Turner is just part one in the viewing of the Cubs’ newly acquired veteran arms as Felix Doubront is scheduled to make his Cubs’ debut this weekend’s doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals. It will be nice to get a look at the quality of big league arms the Cubs have before the (probable) promotions of Dallas Beeler, Eric Jokisch and others in September.
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