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Spencer Turnbull

Spencer Turnbull

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 215 | Age: 27
Draft: 2014 (Rd: 2, #63, Detroit Tigers) - Madison Central (MS) HS
Demopolis, AL USA
Popularity:
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Fastball Velocity
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Curve Spin
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Pop Time
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Outs Above Avg
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 3 17 4.61 30 30 0 148.1 146 1.44
2 Seasons 3 19 4.76 34 33 0 164.2 161 1.42
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 30 3-17 4.61 148.1 146 1.44
2 Seasons 34 3-19 4.76 164.2 161 1.42

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 DET AL 69 0 2 6.06 4 3 0 16.1 17 11 11 1 4 15 1.29
2019 DET AL 656 3 17 4.61 30 30 0 148.1 154 86 76 14 59 146 1.44
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Turnbull appeared on the fast track to the Majors when he topped the system in ERA in his first full year of pro ball after the Tigers had selected him in the second round of the 2014 Draft out of Alabama. A shoulder issue kept him off the mound for much of 2016, though he made up for lost innings with a solid performance in the Arizona Fall League. He spent more time on the disabled list in 2017 with an elbow problem and landed there again in 2018. But it didn't keep Turnbull from having a strong season, as he established a career-high workload and finished third in the system in strikeouts en route to his big league debut in September.

While Turnbull struggled in his first taste of the Majors, the right-hander impressed with his pure stuff. He can dial his fastball up to 96 mph and sit at 93-94 mph, throwing the pitch with a ton of sink that's led to a lot of groundballs throughout his career. His above-average slider in the upper 80s is Turnbull's best secondary pitch, and he can manipulate it to throw a tighter version in the low 90s that plays like a cutter. His curve gets sloppy and his changeup can be too firm at times, with both pitches having moments of effectiveness but playing mostly fringe-average.

Turnbull throws strikes, but the lack of time on the mound hasn't allowed him to refine his command as hoped. There's still time for him to develop into a starting rotation candidate if it all clicks, knowing his power sinker-slider combination could work out of the bullpen as well.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 283 50 4 8.0 93.2 6.7 38.0 .254 .422 .289 .310 .373 48.0 21.7 5.8
2019 2661 435 28 6.4 89.2 9.5 33.8 .258 .422 .329 .329 .377 40.3 22.3 9.0
ALL 2944 485 32 6.6 89.6 9.2 34.2 .258 .422 .325 .327 .376 41.1 22.2 8.7
ALL 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 33.1 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Rankings



Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/05/2019 Detroit Tigers activated RHP Spencer Turnbull from the 10-day injured list.
08/05/2019 Toledo Mud Hens activated RHP Spencer Turnbull.
07/30/2019 Detroit Tigers sent RHP Spencer Turnbull on a rehab assignment to Toledo Mud Hens.
07/20/2019 Detroit Tigers placed RHP Spencer Turnbull on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 18, 2019. Upper back strain.
07/12/2019 Detroit Tigers activated RHP Spencer Turnbull from the 10-day injured list.
06/28/2019 Detroit Tigers placed RHP Spencer Turnbull on the 10-day injured list. Right shoulder fatigue.
05/31/2019 Detroit Tigers activated RHP Spencer Turnbull from the bereavement list.
05/28/2019 Detroit Tigers placed RHP Spencer Turnbull on the bereavement list.
09/11/2018 Detroit Tigers recalled RHP Spencer Turnbull from Toledo Mud Hens.
08/25/2018 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to Toledo Mud Hens from Erie SeaWolves.
07/26/2018 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to Erie SeaWolves from Lakeland Flying Tigers.
07/21/2018 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to Lakeland Flying Tigers from Erie SeaWolves.
07/16/2018 Erie SeaWolves sent RHP Spencer Turnbull on a rehab assignment to GCL Tigers West.
06/22/2018 Erie SeaWolves placed RHP Spencer Turnbull on the 7-day disabled list.
03/09/2018 Detroit Tigers optioned RHP Spencer Turnbull to Erie SeaWolves.
11/20/2017 Detroit Tigers selected the contract of Spencer Turnbull from Erie SeaWolves.
08/16/2017 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to Erie SeaWolves from Lakeland Flying Tigers.
07/09/2017 Lakeland Flying Tigers activated RHP Spencer Turnbull from the 7-day disabled list.
06/27/2017 Lakeland Flying Tigers sent RHP Spencer Turnbull on a rehab assignment to GCL Tigers West.
05/23/2017 Lakeland Flying Tigers placed RHP Spencer Turnbull on the 7-day disabled list.
08/04/2016 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to Lakeland Flying Tigers from West Michigan Whitecaps.
07/21/2016 West Michigan Whitecaps sent RHP Spencer Turnbull on a rehab assignment to GCL Tigers West.
06/30/2016 West Michigan Whitecaps sent RHP Spencer Turnbull on a rehab assignment to GCL Tigers East.
06/25/2016 West Michigan Whitecaps sent RHP Spencer Turnbull on a rehab assignment to GCL Tigers West.
04/07/2016 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to West Michigan Whitecaps from Lakeland Flying Tigers.
04/02/2016 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to Lakeland Flying Tigers from West Michigan Whitecaps.
04/04/2015 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to West Michigan Whitecaps from Connecticut Tigers.
06/27/2014 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to Connecticut Tigers from GCL Tigers.
06/19/2014 RHP Spencer Turnbull assigned to GCL Tigers.
06/17/2014 Detroit Tigers signed RHP Spencer Turnbull.