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.