Westminster Christian Academy graduate Jacob Turner, who was once expected to be a key part of the Miami Marlins’ future, was designated for assignment on Tuesday (Aug. 5).
The Marlins let Turner, a native of St. Charles, go after enduring his struggles as a starter for the past two years. He went 8-19 in 47 games over three seasons with Miami, including 39 starts.
Turner, 23, who is 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games this year, was considered a top prospect when Miami acquired him in July 2012 in the five-player trade that sent right-hander Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers. Turner was the ninth overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft.
“It just came to a point where he wasn’t getting any better, wasn’t showing any improvement and we felt we couldn’t do anything more to help him,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said to the Associated Press. “Things like this are always tough but that’s part of the business.
During his career playing for Westminster, Turner compiled a record of 20–4 as well as two saves and 187 strikeouts. He worked with former major league pitcher Todd Worrell and also received coaching from Mike Matheny throughout his time at Westminster.