Spencer Turnbull could join the long line of pitcher developed by the Detroit Tigers farm system that includes Justin Verlander. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 MLB Draft 2nd Round: Detroit Tigers Select Spencer Trumbull


The Detroit Tigers selected Spencer Turnbull RHP from Alabama with their 2nd round pick. Dave Dombrowksi waited until the 63rd overall pick to draft his power pitcher.

Turnbullbull has been developing rapidly since starting with Alabama and has refined his delivery to improve his velocity and control.

Here is the MLB.com scouting report for Spencer Turnbull.

Turnbull now reaches 98 and regularly works at 92-94. He also has improved the life on his heater, and he uses his size and high-three-quarters delivery to throw it on a steep downward plane. He also has made strides with his slider, which shows flashes of becoming a plus pitch. Turnbull has a strong build and the makings of an average changeup, allowing him to project as a mid-rotation starter. His command isn’t nearly as strong as his control, however, so it’s possible he could wind up as a late-inning reliever.

Spencer Turnbull joins the long tradition of Detroit Tigers pitching development. The Tigers farm system has churned out a number of major league pitchers over the years including Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Jeremy Bonderman, Andrew Miller, Joel Zumaya and Bruce Rondon to name a few. Spencer Trumbull could be the next pitcher to carry on the tradition.

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