Will He Stay or Will He Go?

Derrick Turnbow was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies during the 5th round of the 1997 draft. He was regarded as a decent prospect by the Phillies however they did not protect him from the rule v draft. Why should they have. What major league team would draft an unknown pitcher from their single a farm team. Especially with the rule that the player must stay on the 40 man roster for the entire season.

Bill Stoneman and the Angels drafted Derrick during the 1999 Rule V draft. Knowing that in order to keep him he would have to spend the entire 2000 season on the major league roster.

Derrick was assigned to the Angels bullpen for the 2000 season. He was a 20 year old that looked like he was way out of place. But he had composure on the mound and did not look like he was for Single A. He basically pitched during blow outs and started one game for the Angels during the 2000 season. He finished the season with no record and a 4.74 ERA.

For the next two+ seasons Derrick Turnbow would be away from Anaheim as he would work his way up through the minor league system. He was assigned to Arkansas for the 2001 season where he broke his arm. He was on the disabled list and rehabbing for the next 16 months. He started his rehab assignment pitching for the Mesa Angels from April to July, 2002. He returned from the disabled list and was optioned to Double A Arkansas on July 18th, 2002. Derrick also played for the Scottsdale Scorpions during the 2002 Arizona Fall League.

Derrick started the 2003 campaign pitching for Arkansas. He pitched in a total of 7 games all in relief and accumulated a 0.00 ERA in 14 innings. He was then promoted to the Salt Lake Stingers where he went on to pitch until the Angels called him up to pitch out of the bullpen for the last month of the season. It seemed as somewhat of a surprise that Derrick was called up because in Triple A he posted a 1 - 2 record with a 5.73 ERA in 35 relief appearances. But the Angels must have known what they were doing because Derrick shined on the major league stage as he posted a 2 - 0 recored with a 0.59 ERA in 11 relief appearances.

Derrick is one of the candidates to pitch out of the Angels bullpen for the upcoming 2004 season as he has zero minor league options left and would definitely be picked up by another team if the Angels were foolish enough to let that happen. However, with Derrick's upside and huge potential. He is expected to have a future as either a outstanding setup man or closer for years to come. It is hard to picture a scenario baring injury where Derrick would not be pitching for the Angels in 2004. He will have to compete with Francisco Rodriguez for the role of Angels closer once Troy Percival is either traded or retires.

Derrick Turnbow was born on 1/25/1978 in Union City, Tennessee. He is a right handed power relief pitcher that stands 6' 3" and at 210 pounds. All of us, Angel fans can look forward to having Derrick pitch for our Angels for the next several years to come.

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