Turnbull Signs Contract With Tigers

To the surprise of no one, Spencer Turnbull will not return to the University of Alabama baseball team for his senior season. Turnbull was the 63rd overall pick in this year's Major League Baseball draft and has signed his contract with the Detroit Tigers.

In his junior season at Alabama, Turnbull had a very misleading 5-7 record. He was the Crimson Tide'S Friday starter, meaning he was ordinarily going against the opposing team's best pitcher, and Bama bats gave him little support. The other numbers were impressive, including a 2.22 earned run average. He had 61 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .192 batting average, allowing just 61 hits in a team-high 93 1/3 innings.

The Madison, Miss., native is 6-3 and 220 with a fast ball timed at over 90 miles per hour.

In his three-year career at Alabama, Turnbull took the mound in 45 games including 40 times as a starter. He had a 3.54 career ERA after posting a 5.60 ERA as a freshman and a 3.70 ERA in 2013. Turnbull pitched 236 1/3 innings, recording 157 strikeouts while allowing opponents to hit .245 against him.

After being selected in the second round of the 2014 First-year MLB Draft, Turnbull signed a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers on Friday morning. He will report to the Lakeland, Florida to start his professional career. He will then head to Norwich, Conn., to join the single-A affiliate in the New York-Penn League.

With Turnbull's selection as the 63rd pick in the 2014 MLB draft, he is the highest drafted crimson Tide player since 2006 when Wade LeBlanc was selected in the second round by the San Diego Padres with the 61st overall pick. Alabama has now had a player selected in each of the last 36 MLB drafts, dating back to 1979.

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