More from Jacob Turner
Plenty has been made about whether Jacob Turner is seriously considering going to college before he turns pro. Whether intentional or not, he very much portrayed the notion that his options are open.
“The whole season, my plan has been North Carolina,” he said. “That’s the only thing I’ve had guanarateed to me. And really, the only thing that has changed to me is that instead of one option, I have two options.”
What comes across when talking with him, even on a conference call over the phone, is that he’s pretty mature and relatively well-spoken for his age. Makeup was one factor scouting director David Chadd mentioned twice when talking about Turner — not nearly as big of an asset as his fastball, but still an asset.
“Makeup’s critical,” Chadd said, “but more important is his abilities. We’re talking about a high-school right-hander with excellent abilities.”
More from Turner:
- On comparisons to Rick Porcello: “Obviously I’m with the same [agent, though Porcello parted ways with Scott Boras shortly after signing his contract]. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Rick Porcello and a lot of good things about his work ethic, his drive on the field. We’ll see what happens.”
- On Todd Worrell, the former closer who’s the pitching coach at Westminster Christian Academy: “Coach Worrell, he was a big help to me. Just from him being a Major League pitcher, he’s got a great wealth of knowledge with pitching and offspeed pitches, how to command your pitches and how to go about your business on the mound. He really helped me out throughout my career.”
- On being a Cardinals fan but a new Tiger in Cardinals territory, with the two meeting next week at Busch Stadium: “I think everybody in St. Louis is a Cardinals fan. It just came with the territory. I guess my loyalties will be strained next week.”