Mar. 7, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jacob Turner (50) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Tigers Prospect Jacob Turner To Make 2012 MLB Debut On Thursday Vs. St. Louis

Tigers No. 1 prospect Jacob Turner will start for Detroit on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Tigers Prospect Jacob Turner To Start Against St. Louis On Thursday

After posting a 3.43 ERA through seven starts in Triple-A, Detroit Tigers prospect Jacob Turner will officially be handed the ball on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals for his 2012 season debut.

The 6-foot-5 Turner went 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA over three summer starts with the Tigers last year, but has been red-hot recently for the Mud Hens and appears ready for another crack at the big league rotation. Over his last three outings Turner yielded a grand total of three runs to drastically cut his earned run average, and he'll hope to keep things rolling against a familiar Cardinals team on Thursday.

Raised in the St. Louis area, Turner was actually the 2006 World Series... as a Cardinals fan. The 21-year-old hurler will also be facing a St. Louis manager in Mike Matheny who seems to know a little bit about what Turner is capable of on the mound. From's Jason Beck:

With injuries to both pitchers and position players popping up left and right for manager Jim Leyland, this seems like a perfect time for Turner to re-join the big club after failing to make the rotation to open the season.

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Tigers Prospect Jacob Turner Settling Into Triple-A Role, Will Start Saturday In Toledo

The experience-building continues for Detroit Tigers No. 1 prospect Jacob Turner, as the 6-foot-5 pitcher will make his second start of 2012 in Triple-A on Saturday afternoon.

Turner went 5.1 innings with four strikeouts in the first game of his team's doubleheader on Monday, holding Gwinnett to two runs on four hits in the process. Even though his win was eventually ripped away due to a blown save by the bullpen, Turner commanded the strike zone well and thoroughly kept opposing hitters off balance in his debut.

Saturday will be Turner's first start of the year at home in Toledo, which will offer Mud Hen fans a prime opportunity to catch the future of the Tigers' staff in action. With the big club struggling to win games as of late, it might be sooner than anyone anticipates that his elite arm is called upon for a much-needed boost.

Turner will turn 21-years-old on May 21st, and has been tabbed as the No. 1 prospect in the Tigers' organization for each of the three years he's been with the club. He posted an 8.53 ERA over three quick starts with Detroit last season, and figures to be an injury away from a spot in the rotation if he can continue to cruise by Triple-A hitters.

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Tigers Prospect Jacob Turner's Triple-A Start Postponed Until Monday

Fans hoping to see a glimpse of Detroit Tigers No. 1 prospect Jacob Turner at the Triple-A level this year will be forced to wait a day, as rain postponed Sunday's tilt between Toledo and Gwinnett until Monday.

The game will be made up as the first of a doubleheader on Monday in the early evening, with Turner slated to start the opening game at 5:05 pm ET. Turner, who posted a 1.66 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 21.2 innings with Single-A Lakeland, was in the running for the No. 5 starter role with the Tigers in Spring Training before begin shut down with shoulder tendonitis.

The 6-foot-5, 210 pound Turner was the No. 9 overall pick in 2009, and has been ranked as the No. 1 prospect in Detroit's system by Baseball America from the moment he signed. Despite an extremely-high 8.53 ERA in three appearances in the majors a year ago, optimism remains high around the Tigers' organization that Turner still has 'future staff ace' written all over him. Despite his immense talents, he is still just 20 years old (he turns 21 on May 21st) and might be a year or two away from a full-time gig in Motown.

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Tigers Prospect Jacob Turner Promoted To Triple-A Toledo, Will Make Start On Sunday

The progression to the big leagues for Detroit Tigers top prospect Jacob Turner took another step forward Saturday, as the righty was promoted from the Class A-Advance Lakeland Flying Tigers to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. Turner will make his first Triple-A start of the season for the Mud Hens Sunday, when Toledo faces the Gwinnett Braves at 2:05 p.m. ET.

For the past month, Turner has been rehabbing his shoulder with the Flying Tigers. He struck out a season-high eight batters in seven scoreless innings on Tuesday.

Toledo was where Turner was supposed to be coming out of after spring training. However, he suffered a bit of a setback when shoulder tendinitis forced him to stay in Florida. The 20-year-old was hoping to make the team full-time in 2012 after appearing in three games last season, going 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA.

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