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The Tigers take Jacob Turner 1st

The Tigers went with high school right hander Jacob Turner. Turner went to Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis and Baseball America has him ranked as the top high school right hander in the draft. He is advised by Scott Boras and is said to be seeking Porcello money and he’s got that commitment to North Carolina in his back pocket as well.

Tyler Matzek was the higher rated prospect on many boards, but Jim Callis reported on MLB’s draft coverage that he was looking for unprecedented money. Even though they didn’t go for Matzek, the Tigers didn’t exactly go with a signability pick.

Keith Law had Turner ranked 7th overall and said he second only to Stephen Strasburg in terms of consistent velocity.

There is a conference call at 8:25 and I’ll add more to this report as I spend some more time googling (notes are below the video now). In the mean time here is a nice profile piece that paints a very favorable picture and some video of Turner at work.

Conference Call Notes

Some notes from the conference call with David Chadd and Jacob Turner:

Posted by on June 9, 2009.

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Categories: 2009 Season

4 Responses

  1. Good god, I can’t believe Matzek is wearing those ear things on TV.

    by Ryan P. on Jun 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

  2. Matzek, Purke, and Turner are all looking for big bucks…
    So, I guess the Tigers thought Turner was the best available.
    He is a solid pick.
    Tall, hard-throwing: just what the Tigers like in a young pitcher

    by Skip on Jun 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm

  3. If you’re not concerned with signability then go with Matzek since he’s the better talent.

    by Mike R on Jun 10, 2009 at 2:39 am

  4. [...] Turner – yeah, we talked about him [...]

    by The rest of the draft on Jun 10, 2009 at 7:26 am

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