Cubs hoping to find value in new pitcher Turner
The Cubs added what they believe is a buy-low pitcher Friday.
They obtained right-hander Jacob Turner in a trade with the Miami Marlins in exchange for two minor league right-handers: Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.
Turner, 23, originally was selected by the Tigers in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2009 draft. He was part of the July 2012 trade that sent pitcher Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Tuner is 9-21 with a 4.77 ERA in 53 big-league appearances (45) starts from 2011-14. This year, he was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA with the Marlins in 20 appearances, 12 as a starter.
The Cubs will add him to the 25-man roster when he arrives in Chicago.
"He's just 23 years old and has a really good arm," said Cubs president Theo Epstein. "We feel like we got him at a low point at value. There's plenty of upside left in him, so we're excited about that.
"He was one of the better starting-pitching prospects in all of baseball as recently as a couple of years ago. We feel that talent is still in there. If you look at his velocity, it's still there. Some of his peripheral numbers are pretty decent. He's had an accelerated development path because of the major-league contract he signed coming out of high school. We've had some success with talented pitchers who are going through tough periods, getting them here, letting them reset a little bit, give them some different things to think about, whether it's a different grip or a different spot on the rubber or just boosting their confidence."
Not yet for Bryant:
It's possible the Cubs will bring outfield prospect Jorge Soler to the major leagues when rosters expand in September. However, it's still unlikely they'll call up third-baseman Kris Bryant from Class AAA Iowa.
Bryant is considered the organization's best prospect, and he's enjoyed a good season between Class AA Tennessee and Iowa.
"Nothing has changed," said Theo Epstein. "I still don't foresee a scenario where Kris would get called up this year. His first full professional season, it would really take extraordinary circumstances to call anybody in his first full professional season. I think Kris is doing extraordinary things, but for us to consider calling someone up in his first full pro season, I think not only the player would have to be doing extraordinary things, but there would have to be unique circumstances with the big-league team, too, where we were in a pennant race and really needed that boost."
Epstein said there are a number of factors working against a Bryant call-up this year and that they weren't related to "business."
"He's also got some developmental issues that he's working on -- his defense and continuing to work on his approach in certain parts of the strike zone," Epstein said. "He's doing a phenomenal job that I think people forget because of the success that he's had that he was just drafted 14 months ago. When he reaches the end of the season, he should be awfully proud, we should be awfully proud, and there will be a lot to go home and reflect on already. It's not necessary for someone in his first full season to make it all the way to the big leagues for it to be a thoroughly successful development year."