At the Park Scouting Report: Spencer Turnbull

The Tigers second rounder from 2014, Spencer Turnbull has been impressive this season, putting in work for the West Michigan Whitecaps. Find out what has many observers so optimistic about Turnbull's future.

Name: Spencer Turnbull
Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 9/18/1992
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Dates Observed: April 11 and August 6, 2015
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 2nd Round

Body: (6’ 3”, 215) Height and weight accurate; durable frame; built like a starter; limited to no physical projection remaining.

Delivery/Mechanics: Throws from a 3/4 arm slot; long arm-action; some effort; small leg-kick; good deception; occasionally struggles to repeat delivery.

Fastball: sits 95-97 and even touched 100 once with some movement on four-seamer; two-seamer sits 92-93 with good run; good control; below average command; maintains velocity deep into starts; with improved command there is 7+ potential. Grade: Present 7/Future 7+

Slider: works 89-92; good movement; sharp bite; 2 plane-break; swing and miss offering; showed some control and command; needs to improve movement consistency; plus potential. Grade: Present 5+/ Future 6

Changeup: sits 87-88; has good feel for it; good movement and fade; good deception; maintains arm-speed; below average command; could become an average major league offering with improved command. Grade: Present 4/ Future 5

Control/Command: Showed below average fastball and change-up command; control looked solid.

Other: Below average at holding runners; usually delivers pitch in around 1.47 seconds.

Summary: A ton to like; held upper 90’s velocity past 90 pitches; touched 100 in his last inning; Slider has good movement and plus potential if his consistency is improved; change-up has average potential with improved command.

Projection: Overall future potential is a #3 starter; realistic role is a back-end 4th or 5th starter type.


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