Turley Reliable Early

Taking the long road to the Minors is a tough task by anyone's standards. Just ask Staten Island's lefty, Nik Turley. After toiling through two years in Extended Spring Training, Turley has made a big impact in this early Staten Island season.

Not one to be deterred, the California native has welcomed any distance from Tampa and now finds himself as a reliable arm with the Staten Island team.

It all started, as it has before, in Extended Spring Training in 2010. After some arm fatigue, Nik Turley appeared in three games and posted a sparkling 0.84 ERA.

"I think it went real well," he said. "It was some of the best pitching I've done in a while and just felt real good. Everything seemed to be working down there."

When asked what changed in the last year, Turley insists he has found a good balance of pitch repertoire and arm angle.

"I was working on my curveball and it got better in the offseason. I just wanted to show everyone I could use all my pitches effectively. My mechanics seem to have clicked and I've been successful."

Seemingly combating his previous statement, Turley continued by saying he had been suffering a bit of lost and found with his mechanics earlier in the year.

"Even though my mechanics have been pretty true, I went away from them in Extended Spring and started throwing across my body a bit. I have to make sure I keep my mechanics in check and I was able to gradually get it back on track in time."

The twenty year old has not done much tinkering since then. Happy to have found a comfortable medium, he isn't over-thinking the success he's currently having.

"I haven't done too much here," he said. "I've kept everything nice and easy, not working on too much, just keeping it simple."

The last time we checked in with Turley, he was well on his way to bringing a changeup into the spotlight. Now, he says it's a very reliable piece of his arsenal.

"It's gotten better from Extended to now. I've been throwing it effectively and it's as reliable as anything else I throw. All my offspeed stuff has been working and I mix it up every time I go out there."

Not to be overlooked in all the fanfare is the apparent lack of advancement in the Minors. Hoping to end up with Charleston in the spring, Turley seems to be fine with the organization's decision but says the arm fatigue may have indeed held him back.

"I kept hearing things in the spring about me going up but my arm was sore. I don't know if it would have happened but I'm happy where I am. Of course, you always hope to advance but I'll pitch wherever they put me. I'm staying in the moment. Yeah, I'd like to move up but if it's not in the cards, so be it."

With little left to worry about, the lefty sharpshooter says it's just a matter of keeping focused and not getting ahead of himself. Posting an early 1.50 ERA with Staten Island, what's there to fret over?

"I think I can still work to locate everything even more than now. There's always something to work on and I feel like I need to be gradual with my progress. I just need to keep getting off on the right foot."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nNot one to be deterred, the California native has welcomed any distance from Tampa and now finds himself as a reliable arm with the Staten Island team.
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\r\nIt all started, as it has before, in Extended Spring Training in 2010. After some arm fatigue, Nik Turley appeared in three games and posted a sparkling 0.84 ERA.
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\r\n\"I think it went real well,\" he said. \"It was some of the best pitching I've done in a while and just felt real good. Everything seemed to be working down there.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhen asked what changed in the last year, Turley insists he has found a good balance of pitch repertoire and arm angle.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was working on my curveball and it got better in the offseason. I just wanted to show everyone I could use all my pitches effectively. My mechanics seem to have clicked and I've been successful.\"
\r\n
\r\nSeemingly combating his previous statement, Turley continued by saying he had been suffering a bit of lost and found with his mechanics earlier in the year.
\r\n
\r\n\"Even though my mechanics have been pretty true, I went away from them in Extended Spring and started throwing across my body a bit. I have to make sure I keep my mechanics in check and I was able to gradually get it back on track in time.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe twenty year old has not done much tinkering since then. Happy to have found a comfortable medium, he isn't over-thinking the success he's currently having.
\r\n
\r\n\"I haven't done too much here,\" he said. \"I've kept everything nice and easy, not working on too much, just keeping it simple.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe last time we checked in with Turley, he was well on his way to bringing a changeup into the spotlight. Now, he says it's a very reliable piece of his arsenal.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's gotten better from Extended to now. I've been throwing it effectively and it's as reliable as anything else I throw. All my offspeed stuff has been working and I mix it up every time I go out there.\"
\r\n
\r\nNot to be overlooked in all the fanfare is the apparent lack of advancement in the Minors. Hoping to end up with Charleston in the spring, Turley seems to be fine with the organization's decision but says the arm fatigue may have indeed held him back.
\r\n
\r\n\"I kept hearing things in the spring about me going up but my arm was sore. I don't know if it would have happened but I'm happy where I am. Of course, you always hope to advance but I'll pitch wherever they put me. I'm staying in the moment. Yeah, I'd like to move up but if it's not in the cards, so be it.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith little left to worry about, the lefty sharpshooter says it's just a matter of keeping focused and not getting ahead of himself. Posting an early 1.50 ERA with Staten Island, what's there to fret over?
\r\n
\r\n\"I think I can still work to locate everything even more than now. There's always something to work on and I feel like I need to be gradual with my progress. I just need to keep getting off on the right foot.\"
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