July 8th, 2011

Turner jumps up prospect rankings

I’m off for the next couple days and will be on MLB.com’s All-Star coverage in Phoenix, starting with Sunday’s Futures Game, so I’m not on the Tigers for a while. But I wanted to keep posting with Tigers-related all-star stuff in the coming days. And while I was studying up for the Futures Game, I came across Baseball America’s midseason top 50 prospect rankings, where Jacob Turner is 11th.

Turner went into spring training ranked 21st on Baseball America’s preseason top 100, so there’s a big jump there. A lot of that jump comes from high-ranked prospects getting called up to the Majors and thus dropping off the list, but Turner also passed up a couple guys who had some growing pains at higher levels.

Turner is scheduled to take part in the Futures Game on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2, as is his Erie SeaWolves teammate Francisco Martinez.

The next logical question for Tigers fans, of course, is when Turner might make that jump to the big leagues himself. As things stand, I don’t get the impression that move is close. Charlie Furbush is starting again Saturday, and team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday he would anticipate Furbush will be in the rotation coming out of the break.

“It’s really in his court at this point,” Dombrowski said of Furbush.

But Dombrowski also made the point that Furbush is going to have to put up results to keep that spot. In so doing, he gave the impression that it’s going to be a tough environment down the stretch to show a lot of patience in young prospects in geral.

“You’re really not in a development stage,” Dombrowski said. “You’re not really in a situation where you can hand [Furbush] the ball the rest of the year. He’s going to have to produce.”

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