Aug. 22, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Miami Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner pitches in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Apparently the Miami Marlins were as impressed as I was with Jacob Turner's start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Because according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, it seems the Marlins will give Turner one more shot at the major leagues this month.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said Turner — who allowed three runs in six innings Wednesday — will stay with the Marlins instead of being optioned back to Class AAA New Orleans.
"I like the way he threw. Everybody should like what he did. The kid has good stuff and he should get another opportunity to go out there and perform,’’ Guillen said.
This comes as a little bit of a surprise, but not anything that would be earth-shattering. The Marlins have lost the 2012 season based on their record, and they should be doing things such as checking out their prospective minor league talents and seeing if those players are ready to perform in the majors. Turner had a very strong performance against the Diamondbacks, and the Marlins want to see him again in the rotation.
Of course, the reason why this is not anything particularly special is because the Marlins were likely to see Turner in the rotation soon regardless of their decision today. September is just around the corner and the Fish would have brought Turner up anyway when rosters expand. In this move, it basically grants Turner one extra start in August to showcase his stuff to the team against major league talent.
Here's hoping Turner can build upon his promising start and deliver some strong performances that will leave Marlins fans and front office personnel confident that he can join the rotation as early as 2013.