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Highly touted Turner to make Marlins debut

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 21 2012 08:29:11 AM CDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB

The Marlins will call up highly-regarded pitching prospect Jacob Turner to start one of Wednesday's double-header games. His performance will help dictate whether he spends the rest of the season with Miami or goes back to the minors.

"We are still debating what way are going to go," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think we should keep him here to see if we can count on him next year."

Turner, 21, came to the Marlins in the trade that sent pitcher Anibal sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante to Detroit.

"Any time you make a trade that big the report is pretty nice. We have to see how he can play," Guillen said.

Turner, a first-round pick in 2009, is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four starts for Class AAA New Orleans.

Catcher Rob Brantly, who came to the Marlins in the same trade with Turner, said his friend is looking forward to his start.

"I know this team is going to be a good fit for him. As far as the pitching staff goes, they have been more than helpful to me in getting my feet wet and helping me work with them. Jake's personality, as comical as he is, I think it's going to be a good group for him," Brantly said.